Knitted poppy cascade to honour war dead set to return to Sudbury
The huge poppy net tribute to commemorate the Armistice Day centenary in Sudbury last year is set to return to St Peter’s once again.
On Tuesday, firefighters will be on hand to hoist the large netting – containing thousands of handmade poppies – on to the side of St Peter’s in time for the period that precedes Remembrance Sunday.
A total of 23,000 poppies were knitted and crocheted for the centre piece, which was designed to mark the day 100 years ago when the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War.
Hundreds of volunteers, from individuals to groups, got involved in the community effort to provide poppies to be sewn on to a 90-foot cargo net donated by RAF Honington.
Over the winter, the netting has been in storage and, on Tuesday, it will be unfurled and checked before being raised on to St Peter’s.
Last year, it took the whole day to put into place but, once there, it was praised by residents for being a spectacular centrepiece for the centenary commemoration.
Sudbury Town Council mayor’s secretary and events co-ordinator Teresa Elford said: “Everybody agreed the netting was wonderful and, although we won’t be having the poppy netting outside the town hall this year, we wanted to put the poppy cascade on St Peter’s to mark the run-up to Remembrance Day.
“Sudbury Firefighters have once again very kindly agreed to assist us in putting the netting up, which will take place on Tuesday at 10.30am subject to the weather being alright.
“Last year, it was taken down in the sleet,” she added.
A figure of a Tommy from last year’s There But Not There campaign, purchased by the town for St Peter’s and the town’s war memorial, will also be on show.
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