Do the White thing: Aberystwyth surprisingly unique

IssueNovember 2007
News by Alun Williams

Aberystwyth Town Council, a town with a strong history of peace activism, particularly from Greens, Plaid Cymru and the Quakers, is in its fourth year of holding a white poppy ceremony recognising the non-combatants who die in wars.

The white poppy ceremony will be held at 11am on 10 November at the castle war memorial.

Relations with the British Legion, who the Town Council also supports, are thawing now our sincerity is being recognized, though they will not countenance a shared ceremony with the red poppy wreath-laying.

”The White Poppy symbolises the belief that there are better ways to resolve conflicts than killing strangers.” (Peace Pledge Union)

As councillors, we're told ours is the only council to hold a white poppy ceremony: we'd really like to be joined by others.

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