Over 9.000 poppies are on display in Kirkby-in-Ashfield following the installation of the poppy downpour.
The downpour is part of Ashfield’s celebrations marking the end of World War 1 Centenary. This is one of several marks of remembrance taking place in Ashfield to celebrate the centenary. Installations of Poppy lights and ‘Tommie’ silhouette figures are in place in each town, Lest we Forget signs have been added to gateway signs and events were held to celebrate Merchant Nay Day and The Armed Forces Day.
Knitting and crocheting began back in April at the Artful Buttoner shop, led by Claire Lilley, working with the Kirkby Craft Bombers, who delivered workshops and gave out patterns so that the whole community could be involved.
The cascade of knitted and crocheted poppies was today unveiled at The Regent Wetherspoons pub as a mark of respect to all who served during World War 1 through to the present day. The celebration included WW1 music and a speech by the Leader of Ashfield District Council, Cllr Jason Zadrozny.
The project has been a real community project involving a numerous groups and individuals:
- The Artful Buttoner, Kirkby Craft Bombers, Annesley Primary School and individuals who have dedicated many voluntary hours knitting, crocheting and creating the poppy cascade.
- Ashfield District Council, co-ordinated the project, working with all partners involved.
- The Regent Wetherspoons supported the display of the cascade and provided refreshments and indoor space for the ‘unveiling’ ceremony.
- The Festival Hall Leisure Centre made space available for a week to host the assembly of the work of art and Morrisons Superstore provided refreshments for volunteers throughout the week.
Cllr Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council says “The Kirkby Poppy Project has provided an emotional community tribute as part of the Centenary Celebrations, and is credit in particular, to Claire Lilley of the Artful Buttoner and the Kirkby Craft Bombers who have worked tirelessly over the last six months to make it happen.
“This is one of many projects the Council has delivered as part of the centenary celebrations and demonstrates how communities can come together and create something that has a real impact on Kirkby Town Centre. We hope that residents will take the time to come and view the downpour.”