Huge display of knitted poppies impresses KCC Chairman

Poppy Appeal

A display of nearly 3,000 knitted poppies greatly impressed Kent County Council Chairman David Brazier on a visit to Ashford Gateway.

The poppies have gone in display at the building in Church Road to help support this year’s British Legion poppy appeal in the town.

KCC Chairman David Brazier pictured with Julie Ness (left) and Hayley Welsh and the impressive poppy display at Ashford Gateway.

Mr Brazier was visiting the Gateway to meet staff in the library team, the registration service, the One You public health team and adult education lecturers, as well as viewing the impressive poppy display.

Julie Ness, the British Legion organiser for East Kent, explained how the idea for a knitted poppy display stemmed from a similar initiative in Gravesend last year and had since spread across the county. Gateway co-ordinator Hayley Welsh told him about the success of the initiative in Ashford.

One 87-year-old had knitted a total of 245 poppies, and Hayley said some library visitors who lacked knitting skills had donated wool for the poppies instead.

Mr Brazier said: “I was greatly impressed by the way the appeal has engaged the people of Ashford.

“It is a wonderful display and I would encourage everyone to go and have a look, even if they have no other reason to visit the Gateway.”


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