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Poppies pouring in for Remembrance Day

Knitted poppies are starting to pour in for a special town centre display to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War on Remembrance Sunday - and Mansfield District Council is appealing for more people to get involved.

The council is aiming to build on last year's successful appeal, in which the Old Town Hall was decorated with more than 8,000 poppies knitted by hundreds of local volunteers. 

This year it is hoped local people can add another 10,000 poppies to the display in an attempt to cover the whole Market Place. 

An earlier appeal for people to donate plastic bottle tops has been so successful that the authority now already has enough to create a bottle-top mosaic of poppies. The council would like to thank everyone for their donations and advise that no more bottle tops are needed.

The knitted poppy decorations will adorn part of the route for the Remembrance Day parade, which goes through the town centre via West Gate and into the Market Place on the way to St Peter's Church.

The council decided to organise last year's knitted poppy appeal following the success of the authority's yarn bombing display for the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations in 2016 and has since started a trend with other towns, such as Sutton in Ashfield and Kirkby, following suit with their own knitted poppy displays for this centenary year. 

Among the groups who have been busy with the knitting needles are the residents of the Poppy Fields extra care sheltered housing complex and Flint Avenue Community Group in Forest Town (pictured) which is organised by Deputy Mayor Cllr Mick Barton.

He said: "Last year our members made fantastic contribution to the display and this year they are busy again and creating another amazing array of knitted and crocheted  poppies.

"I hope other groups and individuals feel inspired to get involved, too, because we want everyone to see just how much Mansfield cares about its Armed Forces as they did at the recent Armed Forces Day celebration."

The Royal British Legion (RBL) is again supporting the call for individuals and groups in the local community to contribute to the display.

Michael Beresford, Mansfield's Poppy Appeal Organiser, for the RBL, said: "This year is a particularly special Remembrance Day as it will be marking the 100-year anniversary of Armistice Day so we hope the people of Mansfield will get behind this extra special tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country."

Poppies can be taken to the Civic Centre, Mansfield, marked for the attention of the Marketing and Communications team.

They will be collected until 21 September and various opportunities will be held in the Market Place throughout October in which people can help tie the poppies to the camouflage nets. People can also come along and write messages on a commemoration board at the same time. Full details will be announced in the coming months.

The displays will be installed during the week prior to Remembrance Sunday, which this year falls on Sunday 11 November - exactly 100 years to the day that peace was declared after four years of war against Germany in what was known as the Great War and later as the First World War.

Remembrance Sunday is now a memorial day for all British and Allied servicemen and women who have died in active service in various wars and conflicts since the First World War in 1914. 

If you are interested in helping you can speak to the Events team on 01623 463376 or email events@mansfield.gov.uk for more information. Details and poppy knitting patterns to download can be found online at www.mansfield.gov.uk/poppies.

 

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