Posted on 31 October 2017

Residents honour Swadlincote’s fallen soldiers with poppy display

A display of over 3,000 poppies was unveiled today (31 October) at Oakland Village as part of a dedication to the national Armistice Day and Remembrance Day memorial event, which is held every year in November.

The Wednesday Morning Craft Group at Oakland Village, an extra-care village for over 55 year olds in Derbyshire, had been working on the knitted poppy display since March this year which is inspired by Tom Piper’s 'Weeping Window'.

A curtain of poppies will be on display in the windows of the main reception area as well as weeping poppies from the ceiling.

There are a total of 693 poppies making up the curtain of poppies in the window. Each one represents a fallen solider that lived in Swadlincote and the surrounding villages. There will also be a book of remembrance on the main reception desk.

The display, launched by Chairman Mike Golder of Swadlincote Royal British Legion, will be viewable by the general public until Sunday, 12 November.

The remembrance display is in conjunction with a series of events being conducted by the Swadlincote Royal British Legion who aided by the cadets of 1211 Swadlincote Squadron ATC have adorned the outside railings of Oakland Village with almost 100 poppies.

Residents Doreen Taundry and Rosemary Slater said: “The Wednesday Morning Craft Group wanted a project to work on throughout the year. The Poppies Project has brought residents, family and the local community together building friendships and laughs along the way! We wanted to celebrate the lives of all the local soldiers that have fallen in the world wars and was inspired by the work of Tom Piper. We hope that people will take the time to come to Oakland Village and see all our hard work displayed and support the local British Legions Poppy appeal.”

Simon Farneti, Trident Reach’s Senior Support and Intensive Housing Management Officer said: “Oakland Village has always taken pride in the fact that it is a facility that welcomes all members of the local community. Seeing residents and community members working together each week to make thousands of poppies for this display has truly been inspirational. This project has also forged a close link with the local British Legion and I know that everyone involved is now looking forward to holding a similar event in 2018 to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.”

If you would like more information on the display or how to view it, please speak to a member of Oakland Village by calling 01283 240594. For more information, please visit www.tridentreach.org.uk 

Here are some highlights in picture: