St George’s Church WW1 poppy tribute is exceeding expectations

AN eye-catching tribute made up of more than 1,000 poppies will be on display at St George’s Church, Stalybridge, next month after an appeal for help was overwhelmingly answered.

Residents and churchgoers have gone above and beyond in response to the appeal from church warden Rose Hayward who asked for home-made poppies to make the display.

St George’s Parish, Staybridge

Rose initially set her fellow parishioners a target of making 1,000 poppies to create the memo-rial, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the First World War ending in 1918.

And delighted Rose revealed: “We’ve so far got more than 1,100 poppies, so we’ve set a new target of 2,000.”

The new target still has plenty of time to be met, with the memorial set to go up in November to commemorate the Armistice.

The appeal has also galvanised a response from different members of the church as Rose explained: “We have been saying what’s good is that even the people who don’t usually get involved in things are getting involved.

“One or two people who can’t get to church saw it in the church magazine and now they’re doing it so that’s good.”

The idea for the memorial came from St George’s, Stockport, where Rose was inspired by “a fabulous display of 2,600 knitted poppies commemorating the fallen soldiers of Stockport”.

And the timing of some restoration works to the church roof might even work to their ad-vantage as Rose said they may have some convenient scaffolding to hang them from.

Plans for the positioning of the memorial have yet to be finalised but Rose concluded: “What is definite at this stage is the need for poppies – knitted, crocheted, felt cut outs, whatever you can do!”

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