Dover Arts Development, together with Dover Big Local, was delighted to support an appeal from Dover District Council in partnership with the Royal British Legion inviting people to help create a carpet of knitted poppies. The community knitting project was launched in August and many enthusiastic volunteers got busy knitting and crocheting in the Dover Big Local hub.
Over a thousand poppies, which could be any size or colour and follow any pattern were delivered to local collection points, and helped to make a giant poppy carpet measuring over 7 metres long, which featured in a range of events as part of the remembrance commemorations in Dover District.
“I really like the use of the different colours, red poppies as a sign of respect for people lost in conflicts, purple poppies to commemorate animal victims of war, white ones as a sign of pacifism and the other colours are, for me, a contemporary sign of diversity and inclusion.” (Clare Smith)
Cllr Sue Chandler, Chairman of Dover District Council, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported the appeal and helped to produce this amazing poppy carpet. This was a great opportunity to bring communities together, to remember those who lost their lives in times of warfare, and to raise awareness of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.”
The events and locations included: the launch of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal in Dover; the Dover Marine War Memorial at the Western Docks, as part of the British Torch of Remembrance Annual Pilgrimage; the ‘topping out’ of the new war memorial in Aylesham; the Hellfire Corner Association’s Remembrance Concert in Dover Town Hall; and the Remembrance Sunday Service in Dover Town Centre.
Other Kent councils were involved with similar projects in their own districts.