Knitted poppies to mark war anniversary

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MEMBERS of the local community in Sarisbury Green have found a different way of marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Instead of displaying regular paper poppies, they decided to knit poppies, creating around 500 which have been put on display at Sarisbury Green United Reformed Church.

Iris Meatcher for the knitted poppies

Iris Meatcher for the knitted poppies

People from local Women’s Institutes were among those who took part in the mammoth project.

Iris Meatcher, who is a member of the church, organised the display.

She said: ‘This is in commemoration of 100 years since the First World War.

‘Everybody seemed to be doing normal poppies and I thought we should do knitted poppies.

‘I got in touch with the local WIs and the church across the road from us and they have all come up trumps.

‘The response has been phenomenal. It’s been absolutely fantastic.

‘We owe an awful lot to those who went before us for our freedom.’

The poppies will be on display for people to have a look at all day today at the church on Bridge Road.