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Kent-wide campaign launched to create carpet of knitted poppies

PUBLISHED: 14:25 25 July 2017

Tunbridge Wells Mayor Julia Soyke

Tunbridge Wells Mayor Julia Soyke

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The initiative is part of this year’s Remembrance commemorations

A county-wide campaign has been launched to create a carpet of knitted or crocheted poppies for this year’s Remembrance commemorations.

The initiative was piloted in one area last year, but this time it has been expanded to cover the whole of Kent.

The Royal British Legion is looking for local authorities and communities to come up with innovative ways to display the poppy on November 11 and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is hoping as many residents and organisations as possible will join as it steps up its involvement in the campaign.

Tunbridge Wells mayor Julia Soyke said: “As the years go by, first hand memories of the two wars are receding and it is vital that we continue to remember and honour those who lost their lives or suffered terrible injuries.

“With so many of us now having no experience of what Britain’s involvement in war was like, this wonderful campaign gives us the opportunity to stop and think, and it gives us a reminder on our doorsteps and window sills.”

The poppies can be any size and from any pattern and can be used to create a display locally, such as a hanging basket, or donated to be used as part of a display in the royal town.

If required, a pattern for a knitted poppy and a crocheted poppy is available on the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council website.

Drop off boxes for donated poppies will be available in several locations including Tunbridge Wells Gateway and the Weald Information Centre.

Knitted poppy displays need to be in place by October 27.

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