Devon County Show’s poppy appeal reaches target two months early
Devon County Show’s appeal for hand-made poppies has reached its 11,000 target more than two months early thanks to the support of creative, local people.
The appeal was launched in October with a target of collecting the red poppies in time for this year’s Show on May 18-20 at Westpoint, Exeter.
‘Devon Remembers’ will be a tribute staged at the Show to the men and women from the county who lost their lives in the First World War.
The hand-crafted poppies will be put together to form a poignant memorial in the crafts and gardens pavilion.
“We are bowled over and truly humbled by the tremendous response we have received to our appeal for poppies,” said Show Secretary Ollie Allen.
“The young, the old and everyone in-between have been crafting poppies and some are dedicated to their lost loved-ones.”
In the last few weeks literally thousands of poppies have been delivered to the Show Office and the Plymouth studios of BBC Devon.
But anyone who is still making poppies can send them in until the end of March.
Ollie added: “We want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who has been knitting, crocheting, embroidering, tatting, felting, resin, metal and wood-working.
“Although we have reached our target, we are still very happy to receive more until the end of the month.”
After the Show the poppies will be carefully stored until Remembrance Weekend (November 11 and 12) when they will be displayed in Exeter Cathedral.
Notes to editors:
- Devon County Show - May 18-20 at Westpoint, Exeter
- This is the 122nd Show - the first was held in 1872
- The Devon County is one of the South West's most iconic and enduring annual events attracting up to 95,000 people.
- The Show is an impressive rural show window showcasing award-winning livestock, the finest food and drink and rural living at its most vibrant
- The County Show is the flagship event of the Devon County Agricultural Association (DCAA), which has played a leading role in the development of agriculture, education and the rural economy in Devon since its formation in 1872.
- HRH The Countess of Wessex is the President of the DCAA for a one-year term which started in January 2017.