Appeal for help to finish Rotherham poppy cascade

Published Monday, 13th August 2018
Appeal for help to finish Rotherham poppy cascade
From left to right: Lyndsey Ottewell (Poppy cascade project organiser), Nora Platt (Poppy maker volunteer), Frank Wells (War veteran), Suraj Singh and Edward Mortimer (Army reservists, 8 Rifles, Y Company, Danum Road, Doncaster), John Watkins (War veteran), Ann Savage (Poppy cascade project organiser), Cllr Denise Lelliott (Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy) and Irene Proctor (Poppy maker volunteer).

Knitters are being urged to come forward to help finish a cascading wall of poppies aimed at commemorating the centenary of the end of the first world war.

The Tower of London 2014 installation has been the inspiration for Rotherham market traders to design its own version – but this time with knitted poppies.

Thousands of poppies are needed for the installation to be complete, which is why traders, army veterans and reservists are urging people to come forward and get their knitting needles clicking to help make it happen.

They want to create a display of 14,000 knitted, crocheted and sewn poppies to hang from the rails of the main market hall in November this year.

The market traders committee are working together to make this November a ‘Sew-vember to remember’.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, Cllr Denise Lelliott, is keen to encourage children and families in Rotherham to join in the poppy making fun if they haven’t done so already.

She said: “It’s amazing to see the wonderful response; so many poppies have been made by people from Rotherham and across the other side of the world. But we still have some way to go to meet our target of sewing a total of 14,000 poppies by the end of October.

“Joining in the poppy making is easy; there is a range of skill levels available for the knitting and sewing patterns. The sewing patterns can be collected from Ann’s Candy shop in Rotherham markets and dropped off at the same place. We will be thrilled to see Rotherham turn red for the wonderful armistice tribute of 100 years to remember our fallen heroes.”

So far, over 6,000 poppies have been made with poppies sent here from as far as Australia and the USA. A further 8,000 are needed by the end of October and patterns are available if required.

Funding has been applied for by Rotherham Ethnic Minority Alliance from The Armistice and Armed Forces Communities Programme: Remembering and supporting their contribution. The funding has been successfully achieved and were granted eight silhouettes of soldiers for a display. They will be situated in various places around the markets area on 10 November.

Also, the Pop Up Community Arts project is set to be based in the market during August. Led by the Button Tin’s Gemma Nemer, they aim to have a Pop Up Sewing Room to create positive banners which will be displayed to raise spirits and positivity, adding a splash of colour in the town centre.

They will provide inspiring free creative and thought provoking activity to those who don't usually engage with the arts. Developing skills through hand sewing Community Grant via Voluntary Action Rotherham and working in collaboration with Art Works South Yorkshire. Further details will be provided soon.

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Knitted poppy pattern 7

Knitted poppy pattern 7


Crochet poppy pattern 2

Crochet poppy pattern 2