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Appeal for 3,000 knitted poppies

Posted onPosted on 8th Aug

Mansfield District Council is again appealing for people to knit poppies to help decorate the town for Remembrance Sunday.

For the past two years, residents — and people from further afield — have supported the People’s Poppies campaign by knitting more than 15,000 poppies for spectacular displays on the Old Town Hall.

Now the council is appealing for people to get out their knitting and crochet needles again. It is aiming to add another 3,000 poppies to the displays.

In particular, it is asking people to make poppy bunting by knitting and stitching together two-metre strings of poppies and providing poppies to decorate other parts of the town centre, including the Bentinck Memorial.

The council hopes to provide a poppy scarf for the leaning man statue at the bottom of Church Street, which is on the route of the Remembrance Day parade.

Coun Stuart Richardson, portfolio holder regeneration and growth, said: “We want to make the town centre look even more stunning for Remembrance Sunday to show respect to those Servicemen and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country. Let’s show how much Mansfield cares.”

The displays will go up before 10th November on part of the route for the Remembrance Sunday parade, which goes through the town centre via West Gate and into the Market Place on the way to St Peter’s Church.

Poppies can be left at the Civic Centre, Mansfield, marked for the attention of the marketing and communications team. They will be collected until Friday, 20th September, and opportunities will be held in the Market Place in the autumn for supporters to help create the garlands.

If you are interested in helping you can speak to the events team on 01623 463376 or email events@mansfield.gov.uk for more information.

Details and poppy knitting patterns to download can be found online at www.mansfield.gov.uk/poppies

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