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Suffolk building marks Remembrance period with display of 4,000 knitted poppies

A public building in Bury St Edmunds is marking the Remembrance period with a display of 4,000 crocheted and knitted poppies.

West Suffolk House, home to West Suffolk councils, Suffolk County Council and more, now features a huge floral arrangement made by staff, friends and families. The sheet of poppies took nine months to make.

Sally Kelly, from West Suffolk House Customer Services, came up with the idea.

Sally Kelly, West Suffolk House Customer Services Credit: ITV Anglia

"Seven of my great uncles and both my grandfathers fought in World War One, and three of them died. My great-uncle William Charles Sadler served with the fifth Battalion Suffolk Regiment. He was just 22 when he was killed in action and has no known grave. He is just a name on a memorial in Jerusalem and in his local church. War memorials show that my family is far from unusual, and I think the success of this project is proof of the power of commemoration."

– Sally Kelly, West Suffolk House Customer Services

The poppies fall three stories into the building's reception area.

The Customer Service team also created commemoration boards to be displayed at shared council offices in Haverhill, Mildenhall and Newmarket.

"This project has tapped into the deep local memory of when Bury St Edmunds was a garrison town. A 100 years ago, young men from as far as Cambridge and Newmarket walked in to the town to join up, leaving few lives untouched. I am honoured to have been a small part of the effort to commemorate their service and sacrifice."

– Councillor Margaret Marks, Mayor of St Edmundsbury
Sally Kelly with commemorative piece Credit: ITV Anglia

A limited number of the poppies have been reserved for people to buy in support of the Poppy Appeal. The poppy display will hang at West Suffolk House until Friday 16 November. Anyone interested in using it after this date, or viewing the poppies as a group, should contact customer.services@westsuffolk.gov.uk