We're distributing white poppies again this year.

For more detail about white poppies, look at the Peace Pledge Union's excellent website www.whitepoppy.org.uk

If you need more poppies to give away, please contact Heather. If anyone gives money, we'll send it to the PPU for education for peace.

Meanwhile, we wrote the following letter to the Durham Times

As Remembrance Day approaches, members of Peace Action Durham will once again be distributing white poppies.

We want to stress that white poppies do not in any sense dishonour or show a lack of respect for red poppies. Far from it  -  rather they complement and extend the symbolic significance of the red ones, to include the  victims of all wars, all those who continue to suffer and die, soldiers and civilians alike. Most importantly, worn together,  they symbolise hope and a commitment to look for alternatives to violent conflict.

It may sound naive to talk about Peace on Earth,and yet it is surely worse that we should carry on indefinitely with our increasingly dangerous assumption that war is inevitable. We are in cynical, pessimistic times, but we owe it to all our children to avoid despair, to allow them to believe that another more peaceful world is possible, and to help them feel that they can play their small part in bringing this about. When we say “never again” we need to work for a future which is different from the past.