Thousands of hand-knitted poppies decorate Surbiton road

By Ellie Brown - Local Democracy Reporter

3rd Nov 2021 | Local News

5600 hand-knitted poppies made by local women have been put up in a stunning display of remembrance on a road in Surbiton.

More than 40 women living in and around Kingston borough created the flowers in a special display to celebrate 100 years of the Royal British Legion (RB).

The blooms, which come in colours of red and purple, now line the railings of the Surbiton RBL branch on Hollyfield Road.

An amazing 'waterfall' display made from the poppies decorates the building, covering the entire wall from the roof to above the front door.

Many of the poppies have labels attached with the name of a soldier from the town who lost their lives in the first or second world war.

All the names on the Surbiton War Memorial are represented and the tags have figures representing the soldiers.

In a poignant touch, children from the Surbiton area including the RBL's youth marching band and many scout and brownie groups wrote the names of the local soldiers who had died in the first world war.

As well as celebrating 100 years of the RBL, the flowers were created to raise funds for this year's Poppy Appeal.

The blooms will be going on sale as brooches after Remembrance Sunday on 14 November.

Denise Corbett, of the Surbiton RBL, encouraged locals to come and take a look at the display which had its final touches put in place yesterday.

In a Facebook post she said: "Thank you to everyone who helped us achieve this display and please nip down to Hollyfield road Surbiton to take a look."

Learn more about the Surbiton RBL here.

     

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