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Ellesmere war tribute taking shape

By Aimee Jones | Ellesmere | News | Published:

A floral tribute to the men of Ellesmere who fought in the First World War will be unveiled in the autumn.

Ellesmere Library volunteer Sally Poynton is hoping to create a First World War tribute from flowers made by people in the town

The community is busy creating handmade flowers which will be used to make a garden of peace and remembrance outside the town’s library in Trimpley Street.

It is the idea of library volunteer, Sally Poynton, who was inspired by other towns’ efforts.

“There was a First World War exhibition on in the library with a list of all of the people from Ellesmere who fought. It gave me the idea of making a larger-than-life flower for each person.

“We have a really great space outside the library and I thought it would be wonderful for everyone to see it.”

She is aiming for more than 100 red, white and blue knitted, crocheted, woven, painted or sculpted flowers.

They can either be poppies, peace lilies or forget-me-nots.

“It will be unveiled on Armistice weekend and will go on show for a whole month,” Sally said.

“I’m really excited about it because it’s a great way to get the whole community involved. So far we have got schools, Brownies, Scouts and lots of individuals on board. I think it’s going to be a real success.”

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Sally is holding flower making workshops on September 15 and October 13 between 11am and 3pm. It costs £1.

She added: “The idea is once the display is taken down, it will be photographed and turned into a postcard.

“I would love for it to be sold in local shops with the proceeds going to the Royal British Legion.”

For more details, contact the library on 01743 258555 or 01691 622584.

Aimee Jones

By Aimee Jones
@aimeejones_star

Senior reporter based at the Shropshire Star's Shrewsbury office, covering Shrewsbury, North Shropshire and South Shropshire.

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