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WW1 commemorations across the Midlands

Events have been held across the Midlands to mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

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Giant beaded poppy unveiled at National Memorial Arboretum

All proceeds from sales of the poppies go towards The Royal British Legion Credit: Pam's Poppy

A beaded poppy which has received contributions from around the world has been unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas.

It is part of commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

The poppy took 20,000 hours to make and has more than 1.2m beads.

Pam Kirk, who has led the project Pam's Poppy, says the 454 poppies which make up the wreath represent the servicemen and women killed in Afghanistan since 2001 as well as Drummer Lee Rigby who was murdered in London last year.

After the wreath has been on display the poppies will be sold. All proceeds will go towards The Royal British Legion.

All proceeds from sales of the poppies go towards The Royal British Legion Credit: Pam's Poppy

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