Poppies pour in for Tonbridge and Malling knitted poppy display but more are needed

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Last Updated: 24 Oct 2017 1:35pm

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council's campaign for knitted and crocheted poppies has encouraged groups, residents and their friends to knit up a storm over the past month, with around 2,000 handmade poppies already received at the poppy collection points across the borough.

But to make the borough's carpet display stand out from the crowd, the Council needs lots more poppies before the final collection date of 23 October when all of the poppies will be mounted to produce a masterpiece knitted poppy carpet ready for the official 'unveiling' on Friday 27 October at Tonbridge Castle.  The 'unveiling' is timed to coincide with the start of this year's Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

The poppies can be any size and follow any pattern. Some patterns for knitted and crocheted poppies available on the Royal British Legion website: http://support.britishlegion.org.uk/app/answers/detail/a_id/1346/~/knit-or-crochet-a-poppy

Knitters are asked to hand in their poppies by Monday 23 October at any of the following locations:

  • Tonbridge Gateway – Castle Street, Tonbridge, TN9 1BG
  • Tonbridge Library – 1 Avebury Avenue, Tonbridge TN9 1TG
  • Borough Green Library – High Street, Borough Green, TN15 8BJ
  • Larkfield Library – Martin Square, Larkfield, ME20 6QW
  • Snodland Library – 15-17 High Street, Snodland, ME6 5DA
  • Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council offices – Gibson Drive, Kings Hill, ME19 4LZ
  • West Malling Library, 22-24 High Street, West Malling, ME19 6QR

Maria Heslop, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Community Services said: "It has been inspiring seeing the wonderful efforts of local residents and groups filling the poppy collection bins with so many lovely poppies for the display. We look forward to seeing all of their hard work unveiled at Tonbridge Castle on 27 October, but in the meantime hope that many more knitted and crocheted poppies will be donated so that we can create the most amazing display possible."

Carol King, a local resident who has already made hundreds of poppies for the display, said: "It has been a pleasure to be involved in this project and fun to crotchet the poppies. It doesn't take long to crotchet each one and I'm glad to be supporting Royal British Legion in this way. I can't wait to see the final display!"

For updated information please email poppies@tmbc.gov.uk or call 01732 876008.