Trib­ute re­turns

Middleton Beach will again be trans­formed into a sea of red pop­pies in the lead-up to Re­mem­brance Day this week­end.

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The fi­nal in a se­ries of in­stal­la­tions of pop­pies at Middleton Beach will cel­e­brate the cen­te­nary of armistice this week.

From this Thurs­day, Novem­ber 8 un­til Sun­day, Novem­ber 11, the pub­lic are in­vited to help bring the work to life by plac­ing a poppy in the dis­play.

Poppy co-or­di­na­tor Pat Ker­ruish said this year the pop­pies would spell out the word “peace”.

“We re­ally didn’t think that these dis­plays would be such a suc­cess but they have been and the com­ment we get back are fan­tas­tic,” she said.

“Peo­ple can put a poppy in the sand and re­flect on any­one who had died in the war.”

The project be­gan in 2014 and 30,000 pop­pies were cre­ated to rep­re­sent the ap­prox­i­mate num­ber of troops who left in the first con­voy.

Since then the pop­pies have been used in five dis­plays, with 28,000 to be used in the sixth and fi­nal dis­play this year.

Ms Ker­ruish said the idea came about af­ter see­ing an in­stal­la­tion in France of fallen sol­diers in the sand.

“We thought what can we do on the beach, and we thought that pop­pies are the univer­sal sym­bol,” she said.

“They had to be durable for the beach and so that is why they aren’t knit­ted or cro­cheted.”

The first year the dis­play was in the shape of a large poppy.

Any­one is wel­come to place a poppy in the dis­play over the three days.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Middleton Beach Group's Bar­bara Mad­den, David and Nan An­der­son, Pat and Ron Ker­ruish and Jane Mouritz.

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