One thousand purple poppies now adorn the railings around a memorial in Ramsgate.
The knitted and crocheted poppies, handmade by members of the Crafty Poppies group in Ramsgate, have been placed around the Destiny memorial in Albion Gardens to commemorate all the animals who lost their lives in World War One.
The official Memorial Day for those souls is August 23
It is the second purple poppy installation for the group, created by businesswoman Jo Hanchett, following their debut last year.
Grade II listed Destiny was presented to the town by Dame Janet Stancomb-Wills and unveiled in December 1920. Its aim was to commemorate all those who had contributed to the 1914-18 war- remembering those who survived as well as those who died – including animals.
The purple poppy was created in 2006 to remember the animal victims of war by charity Animal Aid.
Jo said: “We are now in our second year of the Crafty Poppies group and have today affixed one thousand purple poppies to the railings around Destiny in honour of all the animals who lost their lives in the Great War.
“All the poppies were made by hand – crocheted and knitted – by the wonderful ladies in our very friendly group.
This is our first installation of poppies this year to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One.”
The Crafty Poppy group meets once a month, usually at AiR in Harbour Street.
Find out more on the Crafty Poppies facebook page here
They are fantastic and it is so good to see memorials to the animals who died and are so often overlooked by the human memorials. I only wish that I could see those purple poppies. I had to leave Ramsgate 23 ýears ago to move to Surrey due to my late husbands work.I miss the sea and the surrounding areas so much though. Kent is such a lovely county with so much of it unspoiled. Here near Woking if there’s the tiniest spot of land they will build on it and do not worry about the consequences.
Come back Carolyn Fleming the seaside is beautiful so much better than concrete. Leave Working for the City workers. However it is the home of the War Graves Commission.
Come back Carolyn Fleming the seaside is beautiful so much better than concrete. Leave Woking for the City workers. However it is the home of the War Graves Commission.