NEARLY 18,000 knitted poppies have appeared on a Darlington church to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the poppy being used as a symbol of remembrance for Armistice Day.

Members of Heighington's Women's Institute in Darlington made a display of 17,800 knitted and crochet poppies on St Michael's Church in Heighington.

It was done to honour not only those who have fought and died in conflict but to honour the two women who originally came up with the idea, something that as a WI, the group felt should be acknowledged.

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The Northern Echo: The project took 2 years and a lot of hard work. Picture: Heighington WIThe project took 2 years and a lot of hard work. Picture: Heighington WI

The project was designed and co-ordinated by member, Christine Houghton, over the last two years and took 4 days to tie the poppies on the netting and prepare them for hanging.

Many members contributed to this project over the last two years, with an explanation of why the poppy is used and who originally came up with the idea placed in the village hall.

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The Northern Echo: The ladies at Heighington WI are not afraid of hard workThe ladies at Heighington WI are not afraid of hard work

Heighington WI would like to thank David, Keith and Drew, the steeplejacks who prepared the tower, for putting the panels up, as well as those at St Michael's Church for allowing them to place the panels there and the many members for all their hard work.

Many Facebook users were astounded by the beautiful display.

Comments included: "Absolutely stunning!"

"A stunning display in memory of the fallen. Well done to all involved."

"It looks amazing. Well done to the Heighington WI ladies"


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