By Justin Flynn
Dozens of local women and their families have knitted and crafted more than 4000 poppies to be used at this year’s Remembrance Day service.
Ocean Grove Craft and Chat Group started knitting and constructing the poppies and hope for around 1000 to decorate the Cenotaph site at Ocean Grove Park.
But a huge response from family members and friends of the group has made the number swell to more than 4000.
The poppies will be laid around the Cenotaph site for the service on 11 November.
Hundreds of balls of wool, buttons and plenty of help have helped the display emerge from an idea to reality.
Ebelyn Davies of the craft and chat group, said her sister made 500 poppies and doesn’t even live locally.
Sue Arnott, oversaw the project and said she hoped that the display would “help people remember the fallen”.
Sue’s husband, Kel, is president of Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL sub-branch.
“We have a lot at the Anzac Day service, but because Remembrance Day is still a work day, we don’t get as many people,” Kel said.
Mr Arnott said he hoped the poppy display would attract more people to the service to remember our fallen Diggers.
“This is unbelievable to have, so many people have helped,” he said.
“It is something different.
“For our club it will be very good and we hope more will turn up.
“With Anzac Day, a lot of young people are getting involved, which is great.
“We are hoping that Remembrance Day can be a little more important for people and having this display might attract a few more to the service.”
For details of local Remembrance Day services, see page 2.