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‘The Story of the Poppy’ display unveiled at Freshney Place Shopping Centre

Posted: Thursday 02nd November

‘The Story of the Poppy’ display unveiled at Freshney Place Shopping Centre.

Poppy-making workshop helps raise money for The Royal British Legion.

Freshney Place Shopping Centre has this week unveiled a stunning poppy display created by members of the public in remembrance of fallen war veterans.

Three crafting workshops over the last two weeks saw visitors giving £1 to create a felt poppy with a written memory linked to fallen war heroes, with the money raised being donated to The Royal British Legion.

Volunteers from City Church ran the workshops and children from its youth group spent an evening attaching each poppy to a fishing net kindly donated by local company – Reco Nets, which is now decorating the balcony above Costa Coffee.

Local schools, North East Lincolnshire Council, ABP and E-Factor are just some of the other organisations in the area which have also taken the time to get involved.

Amanda Austin, Centre Director at Freshney Place, unveiled the poppies with Gail Davy, Poppy Appeal organiser for The Royal British Legion Grimsby. Amanda explained that the display was an ongoing project and would be completed in time for official Remembrance Day activities later this month.

She said: “The workshops have proved very popular with the community, with our retailers and the centre management all getting stuck in to support the cause. It’s been lovely seeing people from all generations taking part and making this year’s Poppy Appeal launch so special.

“The stories we’ve heard from the public have been moving, as well as uplifting and it is an honour that we’ve been able to host this event at the centre,” Amanda continued. “The people of Grimsby are incredibly generous and we’ve received great contributions already.

“I’d like to thank all the wonderful volunteers from City Church for spending many hours making the event as successful as it has been and to everyone involved for all their efforts in making this display look so fantastic,” Amanda added. “We’ll look forward to welcoming everyone for the remembrance weekend on Saturday 11 November and Sunday 12 November.”

Poppies are available to buy from Freshney Place to mark Remembrance Sunday on 12 November.

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