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Council plea for poppy display helpers

Mansfield's People's Poppies tribute for Remembrance Sunday has topped a tremendous 7,500.

Mansfield District Council would like to thank everyone who has taken the time and trouble to make poppies and sent them to us. Now we need your help to tie them to the camouflage nets.

If you are in town shopping, there will be an opportunity to spend a few minutes attaching the poppies to the nets at a stall in Mansfield Market Place from Tuesday 23 October to Saturday 27 October from 10am to 3pm.

There will also be an opportunity to make a donation to the Royal British Legion whose members will be helping to man the stall along with council staff and Cabinet members.

RBL merchandise will be on sale and visitors to the stall can leave a personal tribute of remembrance on a message board.    

Please be reminded that knitted poppies are no longer being accepted for the display.

Joining the poppy attachment platoon will be Deputy Mayor of Mansfield Cllr Mick Barton, who said: "Even if you can just spare five minutes attaching the poppies it all helps. From my experience last year, it is a surprisingly therapeutic way to pass the time - you sort of get lost in it.

"It's very heart warming to see all ages getting involved along with members of the RBL."

The People's Poppies project, launched in April, has seen knitters from the district and further afield donate thousands of knitted and crocheted poppies. They include 97-year-old Doris Dossetter, from Spalding in Lincolnshire who knitted more than 400.

The display nets will be hung from the front of the Old Town Hall on  Thursday 8 November in time for the Mansfield Remembrance Sunday parade on 11 November. They will stay in place until Monday 12 November.

The Remembrance Sunday parade starts at the Civic Centre at 10am before heading to St Peter and St Paul's Church for a memorial service at 10.55am - 100 years exactly since the time and date the armistice was signed to end the First World War in 1918.

The parade will continue with a military salute in the Market Place in front of the impressive knitted poppy display on the Old Town Hall at about noon. The parade will culminate at the Civic Centre.

For more details about Remembrance Sunday, please see www.mansfield.gov.uk/remembrance.

Published on 16 October 2018

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