Knit­ted pop­pies set for a 100- year an­niver­sary

Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - FRONT PAGE -


They have knit­ted over 1,000 pop­pies for an ex­hi­bi­tion at All Saints’ Church in Light­wa­ter to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of the First World War next year.

It takes in­spi­ra­tion from the ma­jor art in­stal­la­tion Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of Lon­don, which filled the Tower’s fa­mous moat in 2014, with each poppy rep­re­sent­ing a Bri­tish mil­i­tary fa­tal­ity dur­ing the war.

Sev­eral women at Stokes Lodge had al­ready formed a weekly Knit and Nat­ter group – meet­ing in the Own­ers’ Lounge to chat and knit woolly sup­plies.

They then de­cided to take on the chal­lenge to cre­ate hun­dreds of pop­pies for the dis­play, which will go on show at the church next year ahead of the cen­te­nary.

Linda Sel­way, lodge man­ager at Stokes Lodge, said: “The ladies find it so re­ward­ing to come to­gether and knit, and have put so much time and ef­fort into this project.

“They have done a fan­tas­tic job con­tribut­ing to make this a very spe­cial re­minder to all of the great sac­ri­fices made by those who lost their lives dur­ing the war.”

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