A WOMEN’s institute has created displays featuring hundreds of knitted poppies to mark Remembrance Day.

Park Appleton WI has knitted and crocheted more than 500 poppies to honour the centenary of Appleton Thorn's war memorial.

With the aid of St Matthew’s Church in Stretton, St Cross Church in Appleton Thorn and Stretton WI, the poppies were assembled in displays at the two churches.

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The display at St Matthew's Church

Member Susan Thorpe, who organised the drive, said: “I saw a photo online that showed another church doing something similar, so I spoke to our WI members who were keen to knit and crochet them. Members thought it was a great idea, especially as it was the centenary of the war memorial at Appleton Thorn this year.”

Efforts began back in May, when the WI sent out its own poppy pattern to be approved by the Royal British Legion.

A number of purple poppies were also included in the displays to represent animals killed during the First and Seconds World Wars.

Susan added: “The poppies will remain in place until the end of November.

“We have had good feedback from both churches.

“There were about 50 poppies left over, and our member Gwyneth made a wreath to be laid at St Matthew’s war memorial.”