The People’s Poppy Project has returned for a third successful year, with knitters from Mansfield and beyond sending in thousands of poppies ahead of Remembrance Day.
The netting containing the 15,000 poppies knitted from previous years has once again been draped over the town hall in the market place.
According to Joe Martin from the Royal British Legion the display has always proven popular: “The first year they put the netting up it was for two days, and we actually had people complaining it wasn’t up for long enough.”
Video: Councillor Bill Drewett demonstrates the poppy wreath making in Mansfield market-place.
Councillors ran a stall with the Royal British Legion where members of the public can donate and help put together wreaths and bunting from poppies knitted this year.
The original idea came from the council’s PR team, who thought thousands of knitted poppies would be a fitting tribute to the thousands from the area who did not return from conflict.
“WE’VE BEEN OVERWHELMED TO BE HONEST.”
Cllr Mick Barton, Mansfield District Council
The appeal for knitted poppies went out over the summer, with designs of all shapes and sizes being accepted.
It’s not just Mansfield getting involved, last year over 400 poppies were knitted by a 97-year-old from Spalding in Lincolnshire.
Councillor Mick Barton has worked with the campaign since its start, and said the public have always gone above and beyond: “This year we asked for 3,000 poppies and got over 5,000. It’s been brilliant and we’ve been overwhelmed to be honest.”
The poppies will remain around the town centre until the Tuesday after Remembrance Day, when they will be removed and stored for next year.
The Remembrance Parade Route in Mansfield, Sunday 10th November 2019 Starting from the Civic Centre just after 11am Rosemary Street Westfield Lane Wood Street Ends on West Gate
The Remembrance Parade Route in Mansfield, Sunday 10th November 2019
Starting from the Civic Centre just after 11am
Ends on West Gate