Fitting start to Poppy Appeal in Cumbria

Date: Tuesday 30th October 2018

THE cascade of 13,000 knitted and crocheted poppies running down the wall of St John’s Church, Keswick, is an evocative reminder that the day on which the country pays tribute to the fallen in two world wars and other conflicts around the globe is fast approaching.

The Poppy Appeal takes on extra significance this year, of course, as it is centred on the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day — the day which brought to an end four horrendous years that took a particularly heavy toll on young men from this area. Almost every village in what is now Eden was scarred by the effects of the carnage on the Western Front.

The Keswick poppy project has caught the imagination not only of people in the town but also from around the world. Hand-crafted creations from supporters in Canada and America are part of the spectacular display, which has been around nine months in the making.

The result is certainly eye-catching and can only help focus minds on the sacrifice of so many in the First World War and other conflicts which have followed.

This year, the aim in Cumbria is to raise £550,000 for the Poppy Appeal, which will go towards the Royal British Legion’s national target of £50 million — the largest it has set.

The great work of the Keswick community in creating such a poignant feature is a fantastic start.