The small market town of Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire, England has found a unique way to commemorate our fallen soldiers – they have decorated their quaint little town centre with poppies. But not real poppies, or the type you’d fasten to your coat. Instead, they’ve knitted loads of poppies in varying styles and spread them along the high street.
Whether acting as a pole warmer for a street sign, decorating railings or providing a stylish necklace for a shopfront duck, it’s a lovely, subtle way to pay respect to the soldiers who have given their lives during (and after) service.
With the 100-year anniversary of the start of the First World War this year, I think decorating the high street with poppies is a great way to do something different, while retaining the tradition of poppies. I also think Chipping Norton found the perfect balance between being respectful to the soldiers, and also to those who may not want to wear a poppy.
Now don’t get me wrong, the entire High Street isn’t covered in poppies – I think the town has done a great job finding the balance between being respectful and overdoing it!