Poppy Installation

The Market Place
W/c 23rd October

As part of the World War I Centenary commemorations, we transformed the Market Cross and draped it with thousands of poppies knitted by the local community.

Each colour poppy has a special meaning – The red poppy was inspired by the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ and adopted to remember service
men and women killed in conflicts. The Peace Pledge Union adopted the white poppy to symbolise remembrance of all casualties of war including civilian casualties, and non-British casualties and to call for peace. Purple poppies are to remind us of the animals that are victims of war.

At Devizes Wharf they also displayed poppies to commemorate the centenary of the end of WWI. These were created by ladies and friends of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust, and were displayed from Sat 27th October until Remembrance Sunday, 11th November.

Other groups and businesses were also involved and created a yarn bombing trail, including displays and installations at Devizes Books, the Town Hall, Old Swan Yard, Sprut Cafe, and Spirit Clothing

Thank you to everyone who knitted poppies for us. If you would like to make your own to wear next year download our knitting and crochet pattern. A big thank you to Sprout Cafe and Devizes Books for acting as collection points for poppies.