More than 1,500 crocheted poppies installed at Ramsgate’s Destiny war memorial

The red poppies at the Destiny statue Photo Brian Whitehead

More than 1,500 red, crocheted poppies adorn the railings surrounding the war memorial in Ramsgate’s Albion Gardens.

Members of the Crafty Poppies group created the flowers and have installed them by the Destiny war memorial. In August the group, which was set up in February by business woman Jo Hanchett, put around 1,000 purple poppies on the site to commemorate all those animals that lost their lives during the world wars.

Photo Brian Whitehead

Jo said: “They are in memory of the war heroes from the World Wars. They will be there until the end of November. We have added 1,500 red ones and they look fantastic.”

The poppies are a symbol of the fallen in conflict.

Remembrance Sunday, held on the second Sunday in November, commemorates the agreement to end fighting during the First World War in 1918.

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Remembrance Day is always November 11, marking the 11th hour of the 11th day and the 11th month when the Great War ended.

The Crafty Poppies are offering the opportunity to remember a family member with a laminated tag (some are already in place) for a donation to the group’s collection for the British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Photo Brian Whitehead

If you wish to take part please message them on the facebook page

The Crafty Poppy groups sees around 25 members attend meetings once a month, usually at AiR in Harbour Street. The group are now plnning a special installation for next year’s 100th anniversary of the end of the First world war.

Find out more on the Crafty Poppies facebook page here

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