Council calls on knitters to create Remembrance Day poppy display

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Last Updated: 31 Jul 2017 9:16am

A knitted poppy appeal has been launched in Tonbridge and Malling to commemorate Remembrance Day.  Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council is working with the Royal British Legion to create a carpet of knitted or crocheted poppies and is inviting people to get out their knitting needles to support the project. 

Thousands of knitted poppies will be needed to create a spectacular display, which will be unveiled at Tonbridge Castle on 27 October to mark the start of this year's official RBL poppy appeal.  It is hoped that the poppy carpet can also be displayed at other points around the borough to mark Armistice Day (11 November) and Remembrance Sunday (12 November).

The Council is calling on the people of Tonbridge and Malling to get their wool and needles out and get knitting for this worthy community project. It is hoped that community groups, schools and individuals will join in to make as many poppies as possible for the display.

Several other councils in Kent are also supporting the campaign by launching similar projects in their own districts.

Cllr Maria Heslop, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: "It would be wonderful to see people taking up the challenge and knitting poppies. Whether you make just one or many, it will help to create a masterpiece for all to admire, as well as raising awareness of the Royal British Legion's annual poppy appeal and the tremendous work achieved through their fundraising."

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

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