Poppies have been planted at the Cotswold Line railway station of Charlbury in Oxfordshire to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War.

Within the 60 yards of red poppies are signposts naming the battlefields to which Oxfordshire soldiers travelled, including Passchendaele, Ypres, Somme, Verdun and Gallopoli.

On Sunday 3rd August there will be poetry reading and community singing on the platforms at Charlbury, a station just up the line from Adlestrop, the subject of Edward Thomas’s 1915 poem.

This and other war poems will be read from the station public address system before local choirs lead the community in songs from the First World War.

The volunteer gardeners who tend the Charlbury station garden, led by garden photographer Andrew Lawson, have been watering and looking after the poppies since they were planted in May.

The commemoration at Charlbury will take place this Sunday, 3rd August at 6pm.

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