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Spalding's poppy remembrance tribute on footbridge




Scores of bright red, knitted poppies are adorning a Spalding footbridge in tribute to the fallen.

Knitting nannas from Spalding's Georgian Court - known for their amazing woollen sculptures along the Welland riverbanks - have made the poppies while a friend, Tracy Russon, put them on wires and attached them to the Taku Bridge.

The bridge is on the Remembrance Sunday Parade route from Market Place to Ayscoughfee Gardens so the tribute will be seen by everyone in the parade as well as passers-by.

Tracy Russon adding to the knitted poppies on Spalding's Taku footbridge
Tracy Russon adding to the knitted poppies on Spalding's Taku footbridge

Tracy said: "I just feel so passionate about the poppies and what people have done for this country."

Knitting nanna Carol Usher is delighted with the end result, saying: "It's so simple but it's very effective."

Carol was joined on knitting duties by Kitty Dickinson, Jan Neale, Liz Rosier, Rita Wright and Olive Goodacre.

Tracy Russon with poppies ready to decorate the bridge
Tracy Russon with poppies ready to decorate the bridge

Tracy works at butchers George Adams in The Crescent, Spalding, where knitted poppies have been put in the windows.

Tracy said: "Two of the knitting nannas came into George Adams and we got talking about them knitting some poppies.

"I said I would hang them over the bridge for them. It seemed the best place for people to see them.

"We should never forget how many people gave their lives for this country.

"I just want to say a huge thank you to the knitting nannas and also, if other people knit poppies, they can hang them here."

Tracy will take down the poppies once Remembrancetide is over.

Towns and villages across South Holland are staging Remembrance Sunday parades.

Spalding Academy has also undertaken a special project for remembrance.



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