A poppy display so large it needed the help of the local fire brigade to hang it was unveiled by Weston-super-Mare Branch in late October.
6,000 knitted and crochet poppies have been carefully stitched together over the last four months to form the remembrance mural which covers a whole wall of the branch building.
Preparations for the display started last January when committee member Diana Hewson put an idea into action. Commissioning support from branch members, from Association members across the country and from residents of a local care home she asked for enough small poppies to make a solid mural and 12 large poppies, more than a metre across – one for each of the windows. The remaining poppies wrote out ‘Lest we forget’ at street level. Anne Kerruish, publicity officer for the branch said:
“It’s caused a lot of interest in the town and really helped raise our profile. And it’s been a great project to work on, bringing us closer to members across the country as well as our neighbours in Weston. It was a lot of hard work, but we felt it was important to do something special for Remembrance Sunday during this centenary year of the RAF.”