Armistice 2018 – Poppy panels tell Rochester’s Armistice story

22nd October 2018

Over 4,000 knitted poppies are now on display at Rochester Cathedral – part of the 5,000 Poppies project taking place across Medway commemorating the Centenary of the end of World War One.

Rochester Cathedral has joined various local organisations, businesses and attractions across the district by taking part in 5,000 Poppies after the overwhelming response which saw over 20,000 knitted, crocheted and felt poppies crafted by local people displayed at the Museum in the autumn of 2017.

Now the project team is aiming for an even bigger display to commemorate the Centenary of the WWI Armistice.

5,000 Poppies began in 2013 as a small personal tribute by two Australian women, Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight, to honour their fathers who both fought in World War II and has become an international phenomenon, remembering those who have served in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations, their families and their communities – with white, purple and black poppies joining the traditional red poppy in the displays.

The project has been organised by Medway Fun Palace and partners include Nucleus Arts, The Royal Engineers Museum, Medway Libraries and the Cannon Public House.

The final deadline for dropping poppies off at the Cathedral or The Royal Engineers Museum is the 29th October. The poppies will be on display at the Cathedral until mid-November.

Find out more about Armistice 2018 and the 5000 Poppies with Medway Facebook page here.

Photo: thanks to Clive Tanner.