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Poppy Parade due to hit Mansfield

This November Mansfield District Council will be putting on an impressive display of knitted and crocheted poppies to commemorate those who lost their lives during the war for Remembrance Day.

The council is calling out for the local community to get involved by crocheting or knitting poppies to contribute to the display. Thousands of poppies will be needed to make a truly impressive feature for the town centre so knitting groups, schools and individuals are urged to make a start.

The display will mark part of the route for the Remembrance Day parade, which goes through the town centre via West Gate and under the viaduct before coming to an end at St Peters Church.

It will also raise money for the Royal British Legion as the public can opt to sponsor a poppy and pay a donation. Groups are encouraged to help the council to raise funds too by collecting a recommended £1 donation per participant.

After the success of the council's yarn bombing display last year for the Queen's 90th birthday, the council wanted go bigger and better this year.

The public are encouraged to get involved in the Remembrance Day display so Mansfield residents and visitors can show their respect for the fallen and demonstrate civic pride.

The council is working with local knitting group Yankee Yarns to coordinate the display so those interested in taking part can take their knitted poppies to the shop, which can be found at 185 Westfield Lane, Mansfield. Alternatively poppies can be taken to the Civic Centre, Mansfield marked for the attention of the Marketing Communications team.

Other yarn shops and groups are also urged to get involved- the council is looking for volunteers who can teach others how to knit and/ or crochet in schools and the workplace in particular.

Poppies will be collected until the end of September and then fixed to netting ahead of installation for the week prior to Remembrance Day. There will also be community events where people can come along and write messages on the commemoration board and help to fix poppies in place for a donation to he Royal British Legion.

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.

Download the pdf icon Crocheted poppy pattern new [784kb]  or the pdf icon Knitted poppy pattern new [1Mb] and make a start with your poppies.

Updated on Wednesday 17 May 2017.



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