Knitted poppies for Remembrance Day in Louth


Remembrance Sunday this year will echo the British Legion theme of Shoulder to Shoulder With Those Who Serve.

Veterans and serving personnel will join town councillors, local cadet forces and Louth organizations for wreath laying at the War Memorial, Ramsgate, at 10.45am on Sunday November 10 before moving off to march to St James’s Church for Divine Worship at 11.15am.

The Knit and Natter Facebook group, run by Julie and Richard Speed of Louth, have been busy knitting hundreds of poppies, using wool donated by M & G Designs, with help from friends from as far away as Leeds, Lowestoft, Warwickshire, Kidderminster, Stockport, Northampton, Essex and across the sea in Pennyslvania and even Brazil!

Louth Town Clerk Linda Blankley, who is also a member of the Louth In Bloom initiative, volunteered to make poppy strings and two giant poppies using 365 of the small knitted poppies to decorate the railings at the back of the memorial.

The knitting will not stop there. The theme of flowers and butterflies from In Bloom 2013 will merge into the 2014 In Bloom campaign when poppies will feature in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.