South Ayrshire set to get knitting to pay WW1 tribute

 16 July 2018  |  


Captain Alan Goodall, Eileen Howat and Provost Helen Moonie get their knitting needles ready!

Captain Alan Goodall, Eileen Howat and Provost Helen Moonie get their knitting needles ready!

People across South Ayrshire are being urged to get their knitting needles and crochet hooks out to help mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. 

The request for members of the public to contribute to a specially-created banner of 2018 poppies comes as South Ayrshire Councillors agreed a motion from Council Leader, Councillor Douglas Campbell, outlining the ways the Council will commemorate the historic moment the guns fell silent at the end of World War 1.

The commemorations include working with people and communities across South Ayrshire to create the poppy banner, which will become a long-lasting tribute to those lost in battle, as well as fundraising for the Poppy Pledge, participating in and promoting Remembrance and commemorative events, and flying the Union Flag and the Saltire at the Council's HQ for an extended period.

Councillor Campbell said: "In this centenary year, it's important for us all to come together to remember the sacrifice of millions of men and women from across the world who gave their lives not just in the First World War, but in every conflict since.

"The commemorative activities agreed by Councillors provide a positive way to pay tribute and – crucially – give our people and communities the chance to get involved in this historic moment."

South Ayrshire Veterans' Champion, Provost Helen Moonie, added: "People across South Ayrshire have a proud and long-standing history of supporting our armed services and I'm sure they will welcome the opportunity to get involved in these special commemorations.

"The poppy banner – which will be on display at Ayr Town Hall – will give people a very fitting way to show their support for those who died, suffered injury, or lost loved ones while fighting for our country. I have no doubt that – from Barassie to Ballantrae – people will get knitting and crocheting and take on this special poppy challenge.

"My thanks to the Royal Highland Fusiliers for donating the special camouflage netting that will hold the poppies. It will be a wonderful sight to see once the 2018 poppies are in place."

Poppy patterns are available on the Council website at www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/poppies and from customer service centres and libraries throughout South Ayrshire.

People can donate as many knitted or crochet poppies as they like. Poppies can be added directly to the banner on display at Ayr Town Hall, or left in the special collection buckets at customer service centres in Ayr, Girvan, Maybole, Prestwick and Troon.

All poppies should be provided by Friday 28 September 2018.

Further information is available at www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/poppies or by calling 0300 123 0900.