Market Hall to turn red as “Rotherham Remembers”Published Wednesday, 10th October 2018
Handmade poppies from all over the world will be on display as Rotherham’s market hall turns red to mark the centenary of the end of World War One.
The Rotherham Poppy Cascade will be officially launched on Monday 22 October, when the display of more than 14,000 lovingly hand-crafted poppies will be unveiled to the public and the Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr Allan Buckley, will unveil a “Rotherham Remembers” wall of fallen heroes.
The poppies, knitted, sewed and crocheted by volunteers, then hand-sewn onto a hessian background, have been created by local groups and individuals and by people from further afield – including countries as far away as Australia and the USA.
“We can’t believe how it has taken off,” said Ann Savage, one of the market traders who helped organise the cascade. “The whole community has got behind the idea.”
Fellow trader and organiser Lyndsey Otterwell added: “It’s unbelievable how much it’s snowballed since the markets committee came up with the idea in February. In March we were worried we wouldn’t get enough but we have easily reached the target number of poppies and there’s still more coming in!”
Cllr Denise Lelliott, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, said: “I can’t wait for the grand unveiling of the poppy cascade and the culmination of all the hard work by everyone at Rotherham Markets and the whole community.
“It’s been fantastic to see our local community come together, young and old, to work on this project and the final results should be spectacular.”
As well as the poppies, the market hall display will also feature eight soldier silhouettes, funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund and even a life-sized display of a replica tank!
The Rotherham, Rawmarsh and Parkgate Branch of the Royal British Legion will also be launching their annual Poppy Appeal on the same day.
The Poppy Cascade will be available to view from Monday 22 October for four weeks, ending on November 17.
Local businesses in the town centre will also be doing their part to commemorate the centenary of the end of WWI by putting up themed window displays in the run up to Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday on November 11.