As befitting the birthplace of the Coldstream Guards, Coldstream is once again covered in poppies in the run up to Remembrance Sunday, November 13.
Local members of Honour Our Troops have galvanised a regiment of knitters and crafts people in the town to take part in the Honour Our Troops Poppy Project 2014-2018, and the aim is to build up to 111,111 (representing the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month) poppies in the town by 2018.
They are clearly well on the way to their target, and as well as the poppies adorning public spaces, including ‘Dickson’ the poppy horse in the Market Square, and a display at Coldstream Health Centre, others are doing their bit.
Two houses in Lennel Mount have poppies and small crosses adorning their front lawns as a show of solidarity for the project.
Explaining the project, which is to raise awareness of the annual Poppy Scotland appeal Annmarie McCall said: “Each year every display will grow in size to symbolise that more lives were lost and soldiers did not return home.”
Poppies must be of recycled and/or recyclable materials and displays and so far Coldstream’s poppies have been made out of wool (knitting and crochet), sewn, embroidered, metal, plastic, carpet, old CDs, cardboard, wood, silk.”