Poppy wreaths from people across Bath and NE Somerset, and the West of England, will be transported on a special memorial train to mark Remembrance Day next week (Friday, 10th November). The region’s Mayor, Dan Norris, will be aboard the train with a wreath which he will officially lay on behalf of the West of England at the war memorial at Paddington Station for GWR’s Remembrance service. “Poppies to Paddington” is organised by The Veterans Charity and Great Western Railway. The event started during the pandemic, and has now become an annual event that sees wreaths placed on the trains from across the region all going to central London. The journey symbolises the long journey made by soldiers on their way to war. Mayor Norris said: “I’m proud to once again be taking a wreath on behalf of all Bath and NE Somerset residents to London as part of the very moving Poppies to Paddington initiative as we remember the sacrifices made by West of England service men and women, and their families. “It’s 105 years since the end of the First World War and 78 years since the end of the Second World War. For children born today these dates seem far, far away in history. “That’s why, many years on, it is more important than ever for us all to come together, to pause and to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for this country, and to pass on the importance of Remembrance to the generations to come.”