Poppy display to honour Hull heroes of war
POIGNANT TRIBUTE TO SOLDIERS LOST IN CONFLICT A CENTURY AGO
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
Stewart Blagg, who put the display together at the embankment