PUPILS and staff from Liscard Primary held a special service of remembrance marking the centenary of the start of First World War.

More than 700 people gathered in the school assembly, wearing hats with specially-made paper poppies on top.

As the remembrance service continued, 5,000 paper poppies were dropped from the hall's balcony, floating down onto the staff and pupils.

The service was based on a book by Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey, called Where The Poppies Grow.

Written in tribute to their great uncles who fell at the Somme. It is a tale of friendship which is tested, but survives the tragedy of war.

Deputy headteacher Lindsey Moran told the Globe: "We commemorate the First World War every year, but this time it's particularly special because it's 100 years since the war began.

"It was our way of making the children realise the sacrifices people made 100 years ago.

"The story is based around the fact that poppies now grow on land where so many lost their lives during the conflict.

“When the poppies were dropped from the balcony, it was magical moment.”