A poppy cascade

Telford showed incredible community spirit and creativity as thousands of knitted and crocheted poppies were crated for a Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day display.

The Anstice in Madeley, which is set to reopen in Spring following major redevelopment, was draped with a sweeping cascade of 12,103 poppies to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

Trustee Dot Holden commented, “I want to say a huge thank you to our volunteers who had worked tirelessly for months to create the installation. We met every Wednesday and Saturday morning at Madeley Library to work on the project. I’d also like to thank Allsorts Wool and Craft Shop for providing the knitting patterns and collecting poppies on our behalf.”

The Anstice will reopen as a community hub, complete with a new café, library, meeting space and sprung-floor ballroom, with a full programme of activities and events including a youth club, dance classes and comedy nights.

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