One of the ways Solihull Council is marking Remembrance this year is by putting down poppy markings and paintings on the roads at remembrance sites across the borough.
In light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and new national restrictions, these road markings are one visible way that Solihull is commemorating Remembrance Day.
The locations which will have poppy markings or paintings are:
The Square, Solihull Town Centre
Warwick Road, by the Clock
High Street, Hampton-in-Arden
Bickenhill Road (Elmdon Lane), Marston Green
Bradford Road, Castle Bromwich
The Green, Meriden
Stratford Road, (near Church Road) Shirley
Marston Drive, Kingshurst
High Street, by the Church, Knowle
Arden Square, Station Road, Dorridge
Station Road, Balsall Common
Burtons Way, Smith’s Wood
Both Balfour Beatty, the Council’s contractors, and WJ, the company who have drawn the poppy road linings, have announced that they will be making contributions to the British Legion. Traffix, another council contractor, have also announced that they will not charge for the traffic management required to put down the markings safely.
Councillor Karen Grinsell said: “I asked if we could arrange this display of remembrance and I’m really pleased that we have been able to at such short notice. I know how many people were saddened by the idea of remembrance going unmarked in Solihull, but with inventive ways like this we can mark this occasion whilst keeping everyone safe”.
Councillor Rolf, Cabinet Member for Stronger and Safer Communities and Armed Forces Champion commented: “This is just the latest in a series of events we’ve had here in Solihull to support our armed forces, including the new memorial garden and the silver award given to us for supporting veterans and their families. This is another new way we can take part in remembrance this year, and I’m happy we’ll all get the chance to pay our respects safely. The poppy images placed on 13 of our roads will allow everyone from across the borough to take part in remembrance in their own way”.
Further information about an online service for Solihull residents to mark this Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day will be available soon.