Keynsham Poppy Cascade to pay tribute to First World War's fallen

February 05 2018
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A cascade of bright red knitted poppies will be displayed on the outside of St John’s Church as part of Keynsham’s tribute to those who lost their lives in the First World War.

A cascade of bright red knitted poppies will be displayed on the outside of St John’s Church as part of Keynsham’s tribute to those who lost their lives in the First World War.

Keynsham in Bloom is teaming up with the church to help commemorate the centenary of the end of the conflict on November 11 in 1918.

The organisers need as many knitted or crocheted poppies as possible and are now appealing for people to get out their knitting needles and “knit to remember” to help create the display.

Chair of Keynsham in Bloom Denise James said: “The Poppy Cascade will be on display outside St John’s Church as part of this year’s Remembrance Day service – the idea is that they will be draped down the side between the South Aisle and the tower facing the High Street.”

The cascade will be unveiled on November 5 and will be on display until Sunday, November 11.

Knitting patterns are available at Keynsham Town Council’s offices at 15-17 Temple Street or can be downloaded from www.keynsham-tc.gov.uk

Wool is also available from the town council offices for those who need it.

Denise said a poppy-making workshop is being planned and the organisers are asking that completed poppies are returned to the town council offices by Friday, October 19, to allow a team from St John’s to put the display in place.

She added: “We are in discussions with Keynsham Royal British Legion and St John’s to see how we can make this a truly memorable project.  The Great War ended on November 11 and we hope that our Poppy Cascade will be a fitting tribute to remember those that lost their lives serving their country in the Great War.”