Poppy memorial to those who lost their lives in the First World War

At the 2017 Devon County Show we are staging a tribute to the 11,000 men and women of Devon who lost their lives in the First World War.

The commemoration will be made of hand-crafted poppies and put together to create a carpet of red in the craft and garden pavilion.

Everyone can contribute to the memorial by hand-crafting poppies. The poppies can be knitted, crocheted, made from lace, felt, leather or metal - just not paper.

In terms of size, we want 'normal’ poppy size – about the same size as the paper ones produced by the Royal British Legion. Knitting and crochet patterns can be downloaded

If you follow our patterns, the poppy will end up approximately 8-10cm wide. NEW - we have just added a pattern for felt poppies kindly supply by West Country Embroiders.

And if you are making the poppy in memory of a relative who died in the War, please add a tag with the name of the person.

Poppies should be delivered to: Ollie Allen, County Show Secretary, Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter EX5 1DJ or to BBC Radio Devon at Broadcasting House, Seymour Road, Plymouth PL3 5BD. 

After the Show the poppies will be carefully stored until the Remembrance Weekend 2017 (November 11 and 12) when they will be displayed in Exeter Cathedral.