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Hundreds of poppies donated for church's display

By Jordan Reynolds | Cannock | News | Published:

Hundreds of poppies made of bottle tops, felt and CDs were created by people of all ages for a church's five-metre-tall 'waterfall' display.

So many poppies were donated to Bourne Methodist Church in Heath Hayes, Cannock, that churchgoers had to decorate the inside of the building and the railings with the hand-made pieces of art.

Margaret Strickland, from Heath Hayes, began appealing to local people, schools and nurseries over the summer for donations of poppies and was still being sent crafted items in recent days.

The 70-year-old, along with a small group of volunteers, pinned hundreds of poppies onto an upright five-metre display which flows onto the ground outside the church.

Mrs Strickland said the colourful display can be seen from down the road on the approach to the church.

She said: "Some of the poppies are knitted, some are felt, some are CDs, hundreds and hundreds were donated from schools, nurseries and individuals.

"One lady alone has donated more than 100 poppies.

"People can see the display are they're driving down the road, it's about five metres high, we wanted it to look like a poppy waterfall.

"It took two days for us to put it together.

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"The comments have been great, people have said it's wonderful.

"We've had so many that we've had to decorate the inside of the church and the railings too."

Dozens of the poppies were displayed on CDs which had the names of the individuals on war memorials at Wimblebury and the Five Ways Island.

Mrs Strickland added: "All of the CDs with the names on came from Year 5 at Five Ways Primary School, there were more than 50."

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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