Published: 16:15, 14 November 2017
A series of knitted poppy wreaths located around Deal was a secret project carefully created by a knitting group.
Deal Knitting Club were inspired by a similar Remembrance scheme in Whitstable and what started off as an idea resulted in 46 knitted wreaths, made out of 630 individual poppies put up in streets between Sandown Castle and Walmer Castle.
The red rings have been placed at sights that were bombed or shelled during the war including the High Street and Walmer Lifeboat Station. (See below for full list)
Each wreath has a label giving its location and a brief history of the incident that took place.
Jenny Ford, of Beaconsfield Road, Deal, has been administrator at the knitting club for three years.
She said: “As a local group we decided that we wanted to do something for Remembrance Day and for the community.
“We decided that the poppy wreaths would be the best way to hilight the specific streets that were affected by the war.”
The group of about 13 members starting work on the wreaths in August.
Mrs Ford loaned a book titled Deal & Walmer at War Time from Deal Library helping her to distinguish all the roads affected and formulate the history extract attached to each wreath.
They were placed around the town last Wednesday. Messages of support and pictures of the wreaths have since been shared widely on Facebook.
Mrs Ford said: “It seems to be overwhelming popular. People seem to have liked it.
“We weren’t sure if anyone was going to notice them so it’s been really nice that people have.”
You can find the knitted poppy wreaths at the following locations:
A special mention has been given to knitters Felicity Dolbear and Jan Shapley.
Deal Knitting Club meet in the Royal Hotel in Deal every Monday at 7.30pm. New members, regardless of ability, are welcome.
Collect a flyer from Swanstitch in the High Street, Deal, for more information or just turn up.
Pictures by Tony Flashman
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