Tight-knit com­mu­nity’s pop­pies

The Sunday Times - - ARMISTICE DAY CENTENARY - JOSH ZIMMERMAN

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.

Pic­ture: Ross Swan­bor­ough

Tribute: Bull Creek res­i­dents with their 10,000 knit­ted pop­pies at the Air Force Me­mo­rial Es­tate.

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