West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson has praised council chiefs after it was revealed poppies would be planted at Dartmouth Park to mark the centenary of World War One.

Mr Watson had previously called on Sandwell Council to back the 2014 Real Poppy Project, run by the Royal British Legion, as a fitting tribute to mark the 100th anniversary of the conflict.

Two plots have now been prepared ready for sowing the poppy seeds from mid April to early May. The proposed plots, which measure around 2,500 square meters in total, are situated just inside the park’s main entrance.

Mr Watson said: The poppy represents the immeasurable sacrifice made by Service personnel and is a lasting memorial to those who died in World War One and other conflicts. I am pleased the Real Poppy Project will happen in Dartmouth Park.”

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