Poppy makers planning permanent tribute

Poppies Mill Meadows
Verity Slaughter-Penney and Lizzie Lynnes

The poppy makers responsible for yarn bombing the Mill Meadows bandstand have revealed that they are planning a permanent remembrance installation in Wootton.

In 2018, Verity Slaughter-Penney and Lizzie Lynnes worked with local craft groups to knit and crochet over 1,500 poppies to adorn Bedford’s Suspension Bridge to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

“Following last years display I carefully stored the poppies and we re-used them to decorate the bandstand,” said artist, Verity.

“I have also coordinated the re-fresh of a remembrance roundabout in Wootton.”

Craft groups involved in the project include Pins and Needles, Knit and Natter and Stitch and Bi**h.

“Without the support of hundreds of people all around Bedfordshire it couldn’t have happened,” said Verity.

“We also had the support of the Higgins last year who lent us a room every Sunday so we could get together and make as many poppies as possible.”

Verity is currently working on a permanent Remembrance art installation in Wootton that she is hoping will be in place for Armistice Day 2020.

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