Tight-knit community’s poppies
AN ocean of red erupted beneath the Spitfire that guards the entrance of Bull Creek’s Air Force Memorial Estate yesterday as residents and their families banded together to honour the memory of the fallen.
The retirement village houses about 600 people — including many ex-service personnel and their partners — and in January a small group of residents led by Lyn Armitage set out to knit 1000 poppies to mark the Armistice Day centenary.
“We got to 1000 pretty quickly and then someone said ‘2000 would be good’, and then it sort of went on from there,” Mrs Armitage said. Before long more than 100 people were contributing their creations, some coming from as far afield as Albany and even NSW.
“A lot of people who live here are actually farming folk and have got their friends and family on board so we’ve had outside donations from all over the State and country,” Mrs Armitage said.
“Once we got to 10,000 I decided I had to stop it,” Mrs Armitage said.
The field of 10,000 poppies was carefully installed yesterday ahead of today’s memorial service.
“We decided we wanted to remember the fallen and our friends that are gone and could think of no better way to do that,” Mrs Armitage said.
Tribute: Bull Creek residents with their 10,000 knitted poppies at the Air Force Memorial Estate.