Village pride as thousands of knitted poppies go on display in Cotton End

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To commemorate this year’s Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday, thousands of knitted poppies have been displayed throughout the village of Cotton End near Bedford.

Following the success of last year’s village-wide display, an additional 1,302 handmade poppies have been added to this year’s spectacle.

“This year about 10 to 12 people knitting poppies,” said organiser Rachel Anesi. “Myself, my dad, my fiance and son have put the displays together, with my Dad doing most of the prep work including making the frames.”

The project attracted some new knitters this year, as well as some residents who have been knitting all year to make sure there were enough poppies for the displays.

“We had lots of lovely reactions from people in the village last year,” said Rachel. “And residents would say to me that their family, friends and work colleagues had driven through the village and had commented on how lovely it was, all the effort.

“Someone said to me yesterday it gave her a lovely proud feeling of the village.”

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