Poppy dis­play to hon­our Hull he­roes of war

POIGNANT TRIB­UTE TO SOL­DIERS LOST IN CON­FLICT A CEN­TURY AGO

Hull Daily Mail - - NEWS - By Alex Grove alex.grove@reach­plc.com

A GROUP of nim­ble-fingered res­i­dents have showed-off their cro­chet­ing skills by cre­at­ing 3,000 pop­pies, which have been as­sem­bled down a west Hull street.

Mem­bers of the New­land Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion have once again cre­ated a fan­tas­tic dis­play on the planters up and down New­land Av­enue to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Bright pop­pies, some of which have been made with plas­tic bot­tles, have been tied on to nets to re­mem­ber our fallen he­roes, a tra­di­tion that has now be­come syn­ony­mous with New­land Av­enue dur­ing Re­mem­brance events.

Eileen Har­land, 73, a mem­ber of the res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion, said: “This is the third year we have done it and it has grown over the years.

“The as­so­ci­a­tion looks af­ter all the planters and boxes on New­land Av­enue and we thought, ‘what can we do for Re­mem­brance Day’?

“So we started cro­chet­ing and knit­ting pop­pies, which we then put on to nets and made them into cas­cades so each tree has a poppy cas­cade.”

As well as the planters, ex­tra flow­ers have also been knit­ted to cre­ate a water­fall of pop­pies down the war memo­rial in Sharp Street.

A to­tal of 142 First World War sol­diers from that street died dur­ing the four-year con­flict and Mrs Har­land be­lieves it is im­por­tant to hon­our the sac­ri­fices made by them and other sol­diers dur­ing the war.

She said: “It’s im­por­tant be­cause of the Sharp Street link with Hull Pals and we have to re­mem­ber there were men that went to war and never came home.

“I’m re­ally proud of the ef­forts made and it does show an­other side to the com­mu­nity. Peo­ple like what our lit­tle group does down here and I am ex­tremely proud to be a part of it.

“We re­ally do care about this area and it is im­por­tant to us. This is a re­ally di­verse com­mu­nity, but it is slowly com­ing to­gether and things like the pop­pies do bring peo­ple to­gether.”

“This is a re­ally di­verse com­mu­nity, but it is slowly com­ing to­gether and things like the pop­pies do bring peo­ple to­gether Eileen Har­land

Pic­ture: Sarah Wash­bourn

Ste­wart Blagg, who put the dis­play to­gether at the em­bank­ment

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