Poppies in the Park

Nov 15, 2016

Poppies In The Park
Poppies In The Park

Prior to this year’s Remembrance Sunday service in Wellington Park, members of Wellington WI, together with family and friends, have knitted and crocheted around 2000 poppies. These were used in a display in the Royal British Legion Garden of Remembrance near the war memorial, and in poppy garlands covering the chains surrounding the memorial and on a nearby tree trunk in Wellington Park.

Representatives of the Royal British Legion, Wellington Branch and their Standard Bearer, Bob Trickey, were joined by the Wellington’s Mayor, Councillor Bob Bowrah when they came to see what WI members had accomplished, on Thursday when the poppies were put in place. Children from the nearby Bouncy Bear nursery and their mothers also joined the gathering, bringing paintings which were added to the display. This was followed by a minute’s silence commencing with reading the Exhortation followed by the Kohima by the Branch Chairman, Ray Filler.

Peter Critchard, Branch Secretary of the British Legion said ‘We were delighted with the wonderful display of poppies, and are very grateful to the WI for thinking of the servicemen and women who have given their lives in the service of their country. We look forward to having the poppies again next year.’

Karen Janas, President of the WI, hopes that many more poppies will be available for next year. ‘We would very much welcome poppies made by other individuals and groups – we can provide patterns- and this will enable us to put poppies in other locations around the town as well.’

Poppies In The Park
Poppies In The Park

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