Peace Rose

The Inner Wheel is one of the largest voluntary women's service organisations in the world.

The members of the Inner Wheel Club of Bude decided, as a lasting tribute to those who have died or suffered as a result of war, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 by donating a 'Peace' rose to every school in Bude and the surrounding area.

The 'Peace' rose can lay a claim to being one of the most famous roses in the world.

Just before the start of World War 2, some cuttings of the rose were smuggled out of France and sent to the United States, where they were successfully grown and kept safe.

Towards the end of the war, from those few smuggled cuttings, thousands of plants were propagated. Now a name had to be chosen. Traditionally, roses are named after famous people or places. However, it was decided that this special rose should be named for the world's greatest wish - PEACE.

At the end of the war, at the first meeting of the United Nations, each member was presented with a 'Peace' rose - as a reminder of everlasting peace.