Poppy displays created in Northumberland communities to honour those who gave up their lives

Poignant poppy cascades have been created in a number of Northumberland communities to mark Remembrance.

Thursday, 11th November 2021, 7:00 am
Volunteers involved in the Longhoughton poppy cascade project.

The tributes to those who gave their lives in battle have sprung up in Longhoughton, Powburn, Wooler, Lowick and Spittal.

In Longhougton, over 100 local women have been furiously knitting and crocheting 3,000 plus poppies since April. Its poppy cascade is now installed on School Green.

Longhoughton Community and Sports Centre supplied the wool and other materials as part of a ‘coming out of Covid’ community craft project.

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The poppy display in Powburn Community Garden.

Ellie Phillips, chair of trustees who led the project, said “ This important project has offered a positive focus in the village as we all took stock from our Covid experience.

"It’s brought the community together and with many military families living in the village it’s particularly important to us all to honour the fallen in all conflicts.”

In Powburn, volunteers from across the North East have been knitting and crocheting poppies to create a display in the Powburn Community Garden.

The hundreds of individual poppies were subsequently assembled into a creative vista that was put on display last week.

The Wooler poppy display.

In Wooler, more than 2,000 poppies have been knitted and tied individual to the floral planter in the Market Place.

Susannah Scott, who helped to co-ordinate it, said: “The display has involved lots of local ladies who knitted poppies. It was all put together by me and my mum, with over 2,000 poppies all tied on individually.”

Spittal Improvement Trust’s Gardening Group, and friends, turned their talents over several weeks to knitting poppies for two cascading displays, which are on the war memorial and St Paul’s Church. In total, about 1,800 poppies were knitted – 350 of those are at the war memorial and the rest at the church.

Tim Cryar, chairman of the Royal British Legion North Northumberland branch and Poppy Appeal organiser for the very northern part of the county, said: “The response to the Poppy Appeal in north Northumberland has been very good and we’re grateful for all the support."

The Longhoughton poppy cascade.

Meanwhile, a special memorial service to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Royal British Legion will be held on Armistice Day, Thursday November 11, from 10.55am at St Paul’s Church, Branxton.

Visit our website to see further details of Remembrance services.

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