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135,000 crocus flowers planted across Guernsey to raise awareness of polio

The colour purple represents the colour of the dye that is placed on the little finger of an immunised child. Credit: ITV Channel TV

The last of the 135 thousand crocus flowers have been planted across Guernsey this week to raise awareness of polio.

It is all part of the national Purple for Polio campaign, which supports efforts to rid the world of the disease.

The colour purple represents the colour of the dye that is placed on the little finger of an immunised child.

In Guernsey, over half a million crocus flowers have been planted across the parishes in the last four years.

At this event, the island's Lieutenant Governor joined in with the planting.

They bring colour to the island, and the message is so clear now that when you see these people will know what it's about, and it just builds the awareness, it builds that understanding of how close we are to getting rid of this major scurge on mankind.

– Sir Ian Corder, Guernsey's Lieutenant Governor

It really is something that here in Guernsey we just don't think about because the last case over here was back in 1959, however it is just a plane ride away and unless we eradicate polio from the globe, literally from the globe, and finish the job that Rotary started back in 1985, polio could come back.

– Jannine Birtwistle, Rotary Club of Guernsey