A six foot tall backdrop depicting a scene from the Second World War has become the centrepiece of a new display to help commemorate this year’s Armistice Day at a Hanover Housing Association estate in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.
The striking background scene – which has been inspired by images from during The Blitz – has been complemented by beautifully hand knitted remembrance poppies. It was the collective idea of Estate Manager Jan Gallagher and Care Manager Elaine Poucher who recruited resident knitters Christine Calvert, Patricia Addison and Susan York to help create the display.
After discussing the concept with fellow residents, the team were keen to mark the 99th year since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I with something memorable and that went further than their usual two minutes silence and poppy donations.
Keen knitter, 82-year-old Christine Calvert said: ‘I was really pleased when Jan asked me to get involved with the project after years of suffering from arthritis in my hands. It was great to be able to pick up a knitting needle and make poppies for this worthy cause.
‘To this day I will never forget the sight of the barrage balloons and the sounds of the air raid sirens alerting us to take cover.’
In recent years, Christine was shocked to hear that some people believed that the poppy should not be worn, suggesting it has now become a political symbol. She said: ‘This is utter rubbish – they are a fantastic tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to give us the freedom we often take for granted. It also has a special significance for residents here, as many lived through and were affected by the war itself.’
After creating their artwork, residents and staff are looking forward to their next project which they hope will be completed in time for Christmas.