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Poppy displays in Kent for Remembrance Day

ByRebecca Tuffin

People have been creating poppy displays in Kent to mark Remembrance Day.

The beautiful artworks and arrangements are to honour soldiers who have lost their lives in line of duty.

Ashford

School children and care home residents have collaborated to produce an outdoor display at a care home in Ashford.

Children from Kingsnorth Primary School were invited to Park View Care Centre to help residents make more than 900 poppies and Remembrance Day pieces to commemorate the event, which are now prettily arranged on the exterior walls of the building.

The poppy display at Park View Care Centre in Ashford
The poppy display at Park View Care Centre in Ashford

Deal

A print of a 10-year-old's Remembrance poem is on display alongside poppy-inspired artwork at a town centre chemist.

The heartfelt poem written by Mia Ellul can be found in Paydens, Queen Street, which also acts as a post office.

Mia Ellul outside Paydens where her poem is on display
Mia Ellul outside Paydens where her poem is on display

Dover

Three-quarters-of-a-million poppies will be dropped over the White Cliffs of Dover in a tribute to fallen soldiers on Sunday.

An original Second World War Dakota will carry the bio-degradable flowers into the sky, with veterans on board, accompanied by two Spitfires.

The poppies will be dropped at 11am when the formation reaches the skies above the Battle of Britain War Memorial next to the White Cliffs.

Poppies will be dropped over Dover from an original Second World War Dakota
Poppies will be dropped over Dover from an original Second World War Dakota

Folkestone

Fences on the Road of Remembrance in Folkestone will once again be decorated with 3,000 hand-knitted poppies from 8am on Sunday.

Permanently peppered with these woolly decorations, the road was the route for soldiers leaving barracks in the town.

The poppies are removed once a year to be washed and fixed before adorning the fences once again.

Road of Remembrance in Folkestone
Road of Remembrance in Folkestone

Gravesend

A carpet of knitted poppies have been donated to Gravesham council’s poppy appeal to make the display outside the Civic Centre, as well as one in the borough market.

The poppy carpet outside Gravesham council's offices
The poppy carpet outside Gravesham council's offices

Maidstone

Not a poppy display but still in honour of fallen soldiers, a large window display has been produced in Maidstone.

The huge, four-panel piece, with a semi-transparent stained glass effect, is on show at the King Street entrance to The Mall.

Designed by One Maidstone, it has silhouettes of the Army, the Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy and another panel showing peace being declared.

The glass display at The Mall, Maidstone
The glass display at The Mall, Maidstone

Medway

Rose Joyce has created a blooming lovely display at the Wisdom Hospice shop window in Chatham High Street.

The 69-year-old's husband, Steve, served in the Army for 21 years, so Armistice Day is close to her heart.

She has produced a seas of knitted poppies in the shape of a giant Union Jack flag and a stylish top displayed on a mannequin.

Rose Joyce at work on her Remembrance Day display in the Wisdom Hospice charity shop in Chatham
Rose Joyce at work on her Remembrance Day display in the Wisdom Hospice charity shop in Chatham

Even more woolly poppies can be found at the Spire Alexandra Hospital in Walderslade.

Staff have spent four months knitting 350 scarlet flowers, which they have used to fashion a bedspread and nurse's sash.

Sittingbourne

Giant poppies, each representing a villager who died in wars during the last century, are lining roads in Newington in the lead-up to Remembrance Day.

The 55 flowers were erected by Newington History Group and link the Memorial Garden under the village sign on the A2 with the war memorial in the churchyard at the bottom of Church Lane.

Thanet

In Ramsgate, the railings at Albion Gardens have been decorated with poppies.

Fencing around Destiny peace memorial and St George’s Church have been adorned in a similar fashion.

A Margate scout group have made and painted wooden soldiers silhouettes and poppies, which can be found on the front lawn of the scout hut in Durban Road.

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