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Knitting club mark Armistice centenary with 100 knitted poppies

Knitting ClubTags Adults , Residents

A Barking and Dagenham knitting club has marked the centenary of the World War I armistice by knitting 100 poppies, ahead of Sunday’s Memorial Day.

The women from Ageing Well have been knitting the poppies together and in their own homes over the past few weeks. The collection will now be attached to netting and displayed at the Job Drain Memorial Statue in Barking on Friday 9 November – prior to a short memorial service taking place at 11am on that day. They will also be displayed at the council’s Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 13 November, following the remembrance events of the coming weekend.

The 100 poppies will be available for purchase after Friday’s event at the Job Drain Memorial Statue, with all proceeds going to the Royal British Legion. There will be a minimum donation of £2 per poppy for anyone wishing to buy one, and they will be available for collect from the Leader’s Office at Barking Town Hall on Wednesday 14 November.

While the number of poppies available to any individual will be capped at three per person, people wishing to purchase more as gifts can request to do so.

Anyone who would like to buy one or more of these unique items can register their interest by emailing leadersoffice@lbbd.gov.uk, stating how many poppies they would like.

"I was very impressed by the tremendous effort and skill that has gone into this knitting project"

Councillor Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, reflected on the excellent effort made by the Ageing Well knitting club:

“It was an absolute pleasure to visit the ladies while they were finishing off the 100 poppies that they have been putting together,” he said.

“I was very impressed by the tremendous effort and skill that has gone into this knitting project, and I’d like to thank all the members of Ageing Well for their dedication and hard work.

“It is vitally important that we remember those servicemen and women who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty over the past century, and I feel that this display will be a fitting tribute to service personnel from Barking and Dagenham.”

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