Purple poppies at Albion Gardens Destiny memorial to mark lives of service animals lost in war

The Crafty Poppies Group at Destiny Photo Brian Whitehead

Purple poppies adorn the railings leading up to Ramsgate’s Destiny memorial in Albion Garden.

The poppies are to commemorate all the animals who lost their lives in the world wars. The official Memorial Day for those souls is August 23.

The poppies have been made by knitting, crochet or looming by members of Ramsgate’s Crafty Poppies Group. Members also create stunning displays of red poppies for remembrance in November.

Photo Brian Whitehead

Group founder Jo Hanchett said: “The 23rd August is the day we remember the animals who served in the wars.  To commemorate this date the Ramsgate based, Crafty Poppies Group of ladies have decorated around the Destiny Town War Memorial which is sited within Albion Gardens.

Photo Brian Whitehead

“The Purple Poppies are all handmade by crochet, knitting or looming.  This year the poppies have been applied to panels so the varying shades of purple look lovely on the railings leading up and around the monument.”

Photo Brian Whitehead

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.

Photo Brian Whitehead

The purple poppy was created in 2006 to remember the animal victims of war by charity Animal Aid.

If you like what the Crafty Poppies Group is doing, they have a collection box for the Royal British Legion at Lovetts 78 High Street, Ramsgate.

Crafty Poppies contributors Marle, Maggie, Elen, Maxine, Carol, Jan and Jo and mascots Dylan and Diddy.

If you want to help but you aren’t handy with yarn then you are welcome to donate acrylic double knit yarn.  Red, purple and black (for the centres) are the colours used.

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If you would like to view the panels around Destiny they will be in place until the end of August.

Find out more on the Crafty Poppies facebook page here


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