Beautiful tribute to Bedford’s fallen as suspension bridge is covered in poppies


Have you seen Bedford’s suspension bridge today? It’s now covered in woollen poppies to mark 100 years since the end of World War One.

Local artist Verity Slaughter-Penney is behind the project and pulled together knitting and crochet enthusiasts from all over to help.

In total 1,530 poppies have been added to the bridge in traditional red but also new purple and white colours too.

People have been seen photographing the bridge all day and talking about how wonderful a tribute to service men, women and animals it has become.

World War One ended on 11 November 1918 after 4 years, 3 months, and 16 days of fighting. It’s estimated that around 40 million people, both military and civilian, died during or as a result of the conflict.

Remembrance Day is held each year on 11 November to commemorate the end of WW1 and remember all those who have served or given their lives during times of conflict.

In the run up to Remembrance Day, The Poppy Appeal raises funds for the Royal British Legion and helps pay tribute to those who have fought or died in any conflict since the end of WW1.

It recognises all who have served in the armed forces regardless of race or religion.

Poppies are chosen as these were the first flowers to appear on the heavily bombed and scarred battle grounds after the end of WW1.

Their appearance on what had become the graves of soldiers inspired the poem “In Flanders Fields”.

You can find out more about the project at their Facebook page at Centenary Poppy Bomb Bedford Suspension Bridge

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