Every Suffolk life lost during the First World War will be commemorated with thousands of poppies falling from University Campus Suffolk’s Waterfront building

UCS in Ipswich is marking Armistice Day

UCS in Ipswich is marking Armistice Day - Credit: Getty Images/Zoonar RF

Thousands of poppy petals will fall from University Campus Suffolk’s Waterfront building tonight to mark Armistice Day.

UCS Waterfront building, Ipswich Campus

UCS Waterfront building, Ipswich Campus - Credit: Archant

The poppies, which will represent the number of Suffolk lives lost in the First World War, will be projected onto the building from 5 to 8pm.

There will also be the first in a series of three history lectures taking place offering different perspectives on the Great War.

Dr Rachel Duffett, from their partnership education centre, the University of Essex, will be talking on “The Stomach for Fighting: Food and the Soldiers of the Great War”.

The free event, held in the Waterfront Auditorium, will start at 6.30pm with a reception.

A photographic exhibition, entitled “Curious Invaders”, is being displayed in the foyer of the UCS Waterfront building showing the Woodbridge Zeppelin raid of August 1915.

Britain experienced 51 raids by German airships during the First World War, with more than half of these involving bombing raids on East Anglia.

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On the night of August 12, 1915 Woodbridge was targeted by Naval Zeppelin L10. Six people were killed, twenty-three injured and several properties were damaged.

The petals have been supplied by the Royal British Legion. A total of 10,626 people from Suffolk died during the war.