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Knitwear and bottles used for 10,000-poppy display in Darlaston

By Thomas Parkes | Darlaston | News | Published:

Hundreds of people have come together to create more than 10,000 poppies from plastic bottles and knitwear.

Sharon Felton, right, with people who have helped create a striking poppy display at Darlaston Town Hall

Residents of Darlaston joined forces to showcase their skills ahead of Remembrance Day.

The poppy project, which was co-organised by Sharon Felton, started as a way to help get people more involved with Darlaston Town Hall five weeks ago.

The 60-year-old, part of Darlaston's All Active charity which runs the Victoria Road venue, said it went "really well" and she could "cry" at the positive response.

The poppies are made from recycled bottles and knitwear

She said: "I thought it would be good to get people involved and call ourselves the Darlaston Town Hall poppy project.

"We said 'let's use plastic bottles' and for weeks and weeks bottles have been delivered to us."

Church groups and other people who use the town hall all came together as well as schools and people in care homes.

Around half the poppies are on the Town Hall and half on the cenotaph

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"It's all about community support and a lot of the poppies have been done by pensioners in care homes – one lady knitted 500 by herself, it's been crazy," Ms Felton said.

"I could've cried when it was all put up – people came by and added to it as well.

"Two years ago the town hall wasn't used and now people are saying the town hall has never looked so good."

A total of 5,000 poppies are within the grounds of Darlaston Town Hall, with 5,000 on the cenotaph opposite.

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Trainee Reporter - @TParkes_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch at thomas.parkes@expressandstar.co.uk.

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