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Community artist to create town centre Poppy display

Community artist to create town centre Poppy display
04 November 2022

Thousands of poppies created and crafted by community groups and individuals are to be joined together to create a special display in the town centre this Remembrance Day.

Darlington artist Sarah Oatley has been commissioned by the council to create a Waterfall of Poppies display which will flow down the steps of the waterfall on High Row, as it has now been switched off for winter.

Almost 4,000 poppies of all shapes and sizes have been created over eight months, which will now be carefully joined together by Sarah to create the installation.

The poppies have been knitted, crocheted, sewn and created using recycled plastics and have been contributed by knitting, crochet and crafting clubs, WI groups, childminders, Scouts, Guides and Rainbows and by individuals who have made them at home and at special drop-in sessions held during October half term.

The installation of the Waterfall of Poppies display is planned from Monday, November 7, depending on the weather. It will remain in place until after Remembrance Sunday.

Ms Oatley, owner of Drawn Threads, said she had been humbled by the response from the public.

“We’ve had poppies made out of every kind of material, by people of all ages and backgrounds, from across the town. People are dropping more off every day, every room of my house is full of poppies at this point, ready to be attached to the hessian backing.

“When the council approached me to take part I was thrilled and so honoured. People from across Darlington feel so proud of their town and want to do something to support Remembrance Day and give something back.

“It’s humbling how many people have supported the project and helped it grow from a little idea eight months ago to what will hopefully be a wonderful display.”

Councillor Jonathan Dulston, leader of the council, said: “Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Waterfall of Poppies display, and of course to Sarah for her amazing work to bring everyone together.

“I can’t wait to see the installation in place ahead of Remembrance Day and hope that as many people as possible come to take a look and take the chance to pay their respects.”

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