Call for businesses to support Poppies: Weeping Window

Published: Monday, 9th July 2018

Businesses are being encouraged to attend drop-in sessions to find out more about the upcoming iconic poppies sculpture Weeping Window at Middleport Pottery – and the opportunities it will bring with

From August 2 until September 16, thousands of poppies will go on display at the Port Street venue as part of 14-18 NOW’s UK-wide tour of the poppies.

Weeping Window is from the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red – poppies and original concept by artist Paul Cummins and installation designed by Tom Piper – by Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited, in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces. The installation was originally at HM Tower of London from August to November 2014, where 888,246 poppies were displayed, one to honour every British or Colonial life lost at the front during the First World War.

Stoke-on-Trent was integral to the original installation, as a base for the creation of just under half of the ceramic poppies. The city also provided the clay that the poppies were created from.

Free tickets to see Poppies: Weeping Window have now been released to the public. Go to www.weepingwindowstoke.eventbrite.com.

Now businesses are being invited to attend drop-in events on Thursday (July 12) at Middleport Pottery. The sessions, between 1pm and 2pm and 5pm to 6pm, are open to all businesses in the city, particularly in the Middleport and Burslem area, to learn more about the event.

They will be able to meet fellow traders, find out about how businesses can benefit from increased footfall through the event and sponsorship opportunities, as well as get details on temporary traffic management proposals.

The drop-in sessions are free to attend, with no booking necessary.

Councillor Abi Brown, deputy leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council and chair of the Poppies: Weeping Window steering panel, said: “Having the poppies in Stoke-on-Trent is such a great event – not just for the city, but for businesses, residents and the community in Middleport. We will be creating a unique experience for all visitors.

“We’re really keen to speak to businesses, particularly in the Middleport and Burslem area, and make sure they are fully engaged in the event.

“There will be increased footfall in the area and sponsorship opportunities are available. We’re also looking for businesses to help us out with things like event management infrastructure, portable toilets or lighting.

“The drop-in sessions will be a chance for businesses to ask questions of the people involved in planning the exhibition.”

Council leader Councillor Ann James added: “I welcome the Poppies visiting the city and would like to thank Cllr Brown for all her hard work in bringing the Weeping Window to Middleport.”

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