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Hand knitted poppies provide backdrop for Remembrance Service

MORE than 500 hand-knitted poppies will provide the backdrop for this Sunday’s Remembrance Service in Newton Abbot.

The woollen tribute was put on the War Memorial by Natalie Hicks, Kelly Burridge and Michele Webber from Newton Abbot Town Council, Museum Volunteer Bridie Snelling and Nicola Cair, Chair of the town’s Royal British Legion.

‘It took quite a while to create the poppies then attach them to the memorial but seeing them in place makes it all worth while,’ said Natalie, the council’s events coordinator.

‘We hope people will enjoy the display which has been created with respect and gratitude for all those who sacrificed thoughts of their own comfort and welfare so that others could enjoy the freedom life has to offer.’

The Remembrance Sunday service is to be streamed live via the Town Council’s Facebook page for those unable to attend in person.

Proceedings are set to begin at 10am in Courtenay Street with an assembly for the 10.30am parade to the War Memorial led by The Plymouth Maritime Corps of Drums Band.

The first hymn will begin at 10.45am with two minutes’ silence at 11am.

The live stream is due to start at approximately 10.40am, search for Newton Abbot Town Council on Facebook.

Full details of the service can be accessed via the website.

Drivers have been encouraged to seek alternative routes through the town centre on the day as Queen Street and parts of The Avenue will be closed to traffic.