Release date: 1 November 2018
Community groups across Littlehampton have come together to pay a poignant tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War.
A cascade of more than 2,000 poppies has been put on display in St Mary’s Church in Littlehampton to commemorate the centenary of the end of the war.
A number of local groups and individuals created and donated the knitted, felt and plastic poppies which make up the moving tribute now on display.
Among some of the groups involved in the task of creating more than 2,000 poppies were the Littlehampton WI, The Arcade Knitters, Wicked Quilters, Lady Star of the Sea knitting Group, Lyn's Flower Ladies, employees from supermarket Morrisons and The Littlehampton Knitting Group.
Forming part of the display is a separate piece of art depicting graves of the fallen which was created by members of Coastal Workshop in Rustington, a West Sussex County Council Day Service, which offers a supportive and friendly environment for Adults with Learning Disabilities.
The display was co-ordinated by Derek Moore MBE, the Honorary Poppy Appeal Organiser for Littlehampton, who has first-hand experience of the work Coastal Workshop carries out in the community.
Helen Raddy, a Care Officer at West Sussex County Council, said: “The people at Coastal Workshop spent many hours working on this display to pay a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives during the First World War.
“We used recycled materials to construct the display, with the base made from a headboard and the poppies made from old pallets. Each individual who uses the service was involved and stenciled their own poppy, as well as being involved in the woodwork and construction.
“We also made poppies out of recycled plastic bottles which were handed over to be used within the main cascade. We have also made 100 poppies for our community garden.
“While everyone enjoyed working on the project, it was important to remember the reasons behind the Poppy Appeal each year, and why we remember.”
West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, Amanda Jupp, said: “The cascade of poppies is an incredibly moving reminder that many young people living in our communities paid the ultimate sacrifice in order to secure our continued free liberties.
“To see the community in Littlehampton come together to create this collective piece of art is really inspiring and I would urge everyone to visit the display and pay their respects.”
Residents can view the display any week day between 10am and 4pm until Remembrance Sunday on November 11.