Tekapo remembers WWI

Last updated 10:48 21/08/2014

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Tekapo is commemorating 100 years since World War I in its own special way.

Tekapo resident Sue Simpson is co-ordinating a project which will see 100 poppies knitted and then put on display in the town.

Simpson said the idea for the knitting project came from reading an article in a magazine about the New Zealand 5000 Poppies Project - a satellite project to one being organised in Australia.

"I thought we could ... run something in the district to celebrate 100 years since the war."

The national 5000 Poppies Project aims to create a public wall of more than 5000 poppies, as a stunning visual tribute to New Zealand servicemen and women for their service in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

In Australia it will see a display of more than 25,000 poppies in Melbourne's Federation Square.

Last week Simpson held a meeting in Tekapo to discuss the idea and she said there was plenty of support. "Everyone thought it was a wonderful idea."

She said they hoped to have the poppies finished by Anzac Day next year.

Once the poppies were finished the plan was to attach them to a grey blanket to be displayed in the town.

"We haven't asked yet, but we are hoping it will go in the Lake Tekapo Community Hall."

Simpson has patterns available and said it was likely to take someone two hours to complete a poppy. Fairfax NZ

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- The Timaru Herald

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