Grateful staff are asking Chesterfield residents to put their knitting needles down after a target to create 25,000 knitted poppies for a poppy cascade was reached.
Chesterfield Borough Council is working with a range of community organisations to run a series of events to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One in November.
As part of the plans a poppy cascade is to be created at Chesterfield Town Hall, with more than 25,000 knitted or crocheted poppies cascading down the side of the building from the balcony.
In March the council asked residents to knit or crochet poppies to form the cascade.
Councillor Steve Brunt, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “This idea really seems to have captured the imagination and interest of Chesterfield residents and we have been overwhelmed with how many people have knitted or crocheted poppies for the cascade.
“When we set off we thought it would take eight months to reach the 25,000 poppy total but we have now got to 28,300 which is an amazing achievement.
“I cannot thank everyone who has made poppies enough. We really appreciate it and I am sure they are going to make a fitting tribute to the memory of those who fought during the war when the cascade is created.
“So now we would ask anyone who has already made poppies to bring them to the collection points but for everyone to stop knitting as we will not need any more once they have been collected in.”
All poppies donated will be used to form cascades for the Town Hall and other public buildings around the town centre, which will be put in place from the week of Armistice Day through to mid-November.
Completed poppies can be brought to:
- Chesterfield Town Hall in Rose Hill
- Fred’s Haberdashery at the Market Hall.
- The Wool Cabin at the Market Hall
- Crafter’s Companion at Dobbies, Balborough