The purple crocus is the symbol that Rotary International and the World Health Organisation has chosen to remind everyone of Rotary’s aim to eradicate polio from the world.
In countries without comprehensive health care systems, the vaccinating teams (mainly Rotarians) dip the fingers of all children who they vaccinate into a pot of purple dye (hence the purple crocus) so that those not vaccinated can easily be spotted.
To assist the Rotary Club of Amble & Warkworth, Lords of Alnwick generously sponsored the crocus planting on Rotary Way (between Warkworth and Amble) in 2017.
Pictured are members of the Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel Club of Amble and Warkworth with the results of their labours:
Left to right: Judith Frisch (Chairman, Inner Wheel Club), Mike Frisch, Paul Creighton, John Geggie (President of the Rotary Club) and Jenn Geggie.