East Devon knitters support county show’s memorial display

A knitted poppy display at the Devon County Show. Ref shs 20 17TI 3494. Picture: Terry Ife

A knitted poppy display at the Devon County Show. Ref shs 20 17TI 3494. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

East Devon groups added to the colour at this year’s Devon County Show by knitting poppies to remember the fallen of World War One.

Nearly 200 woolly poppies - lovingly knitted by 31 people in Feniton - were put on display at the Devon County Show last weekend.

The creation, which was made up of 194 handmade poppies, was part of a project to make a display of 11,000 poppies as a tribute to the same number of people from Devon who lost their lives in World War One.

Groups from across Devon, Dorset, Somerset and further afield contributed knitted poppies to the display.

The 194 poppies were delivered after 31 people turned out for a knit and natter session held in Feniton.

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The event proved so popular that the session had to be transferred from a private house to St Andrew’s Church.

Sheila Lanning, of Feniton, said: “I was absolutely amazed at the style of the display and the amount of poppies on show.

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“While I was in the tent, the marine band came in and played various pieces. This was particularly touching, bearing in mind the reason for the poppies being on display.

“It added that special touch to the display and there was a crowd stood round almost in silence listening to the band.”

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