Let’s cover the town hall in knitted poppies: Redbridge Council’s plan to mark end of the First World War

PUBLISHED: 16:37 01 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:24 01 October 2018

Jas Athwal is picking up the knitting needles to mark First World War. Picture: Redbridge Council

Jas Athwal is picking up the knitting needles to mark First World War. Picture: Redbridge Council


Whether you can knit one purl one with your eyes shut or you have never picked up a pair of needles in your life, the council is calling on you to “knit for Redbridge” to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Leader of Redbridge Council, Councillor Jas Athwal wants the community to create a display of thousands of knitted poppies which will adorn the front of the Town Hall in Ilford.

Residents are being asked to knit a simple and basic red and black poppy which will be placed on netting and displayed on Redbridge Town Hall, High Road, balconies to commemorate 100 years since the end of the Great War.

Cllr Athwal said: “I’ve seen these types of display on other town halls and they are really impressive and an unforgettable statement of our pride and thanks to those who served in the Great War.

“I’ve been knitting for the first time in my life for this occasion, and I hope you will too.”

More information will be available on the council’s website in the next few days, including an easy poppy pattern.

The designs can be dropped off at Redbridge Town Hall and will be collected until October 31.

The display will be installed during the week prior to Remembrance Sunday, which this year falls on Sunday, November 11 - exactly 100 years to the day that peace was declared after four years of war against Germany in what was known as the Great War and later as the First World War.

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