York lays out poppies to remember the fallen


York CWA member Jean Wykes, president Glynis Krieg and treasurer Jean Anderson at last year’s Remembrance Day Service in November.
York CWA member Jean Wykes, president Glynis Krieg and treasurer Jean Anderson at last year’s Remembrance Day Service in November.

The local Country Women’s Association has worked tirelessly for a second year to support the Let’s Paint the Town Red campaign.

Poppies are on display across the town and available to purchase from the visitor centre in the town hall, museums and shops.

The CWA, church groups and individuals handcrafted more than 500 poppies last year and are on track to beat their record.

CWA member Jean Wykes said the four-year campaign was organised to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.

She said the phenomenal response to the poppy-making project had provided an abundance of red, white and purple poppies made in felt, knitted and crocheted.

“This year, there are purple poppies to recognise the lives of animals lost during World War I. Animals played a vital role during World War I and they included horses, camels, donkeys and carrier pigeons,” Ms Wykes said.

“The white poppy is the symbol for peace.”

The memorial display in the town hall will pay tribute to the country town’s local heroes, including the Bond family who served in both world wars.

“A grandfather served in World War I and two sons served in World War II… they all survived to make it home,” Ms Wykes said.

York Men’s Shed contributions included giant poppies displayed on boards in the town.