Chapel group knits poppies for Remembrance Day

book shop knitters Julie Clemett and Lyndsay Noden with the remembrance poppies
book shop knitters Julie Clemett and Lyndsay Noden with the remembrance poppies

A group of knitters in Chapel-en-le-Frith have been needle-deep in fundraising recently as they have created woollen versions of the traditional Remembrance Day red poppy.

Crochet club Knitwits stiched and sewed 153 of the charity flowers in aid of the Royal British Legion’s annual appeal.

The weaver women, who meet fortnightly on Tuesday evenings at Chapel bookshop Reading Matters, on Market Street, have been selling them for a minimum £3 donation.

Sue Taylor, who co-owns the store and helped set up Knitwits in February, said she was really proud with what they had achieved.

“They have supplied the materials themselves, so 100 per cent of the money raised will go to the fund,” she said. “They have spent months on this project.”

The poppies have even attracted the attention of High Peak MP Andrew Bingham, who proudly wore his on television when he appeared on Prime Minister’s Question Time last week.

He said: “It was noticed in the press gallery and became the subject of some discussion on twitter. I saw the Prime Minister later in the day who also remarked on it. I had managed to arrange for them to hand one in at Number 10, but it was a little short notice for them, so we have said we will try and arrange it for next year.”

Knitwits are now working on their next project, a “knitivity” scene for the shop window for Christmas.