We’ve smashed our target of 607 poppies in Bridlington – and new ones are appearing around town every day.
You can put them up on your home, your business, in your garden, on your allotment or at a sports club.
Wherever you choose to display your poppy, send us a selfie, or a photo of you and your friends and family.
Email the pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org or send them by WhatsApp to 07803 506517. We’ll print as many as we can over the next few weeks, as we count down to November 11.
Staff at Bridlington Jobcentre have clubbed together to purchase 10 poppies to pay their respects.
Diane Doncaster said: “We are very proud to be part of our community in commemorating the fallen and help to raise money for the charity”.
Colleague Julie McDougall added: “It is great to walk around the town and see red poppies on display”.
Dennis Ashby retired Royal Artillery Serviceman said: “Even though the target has been reached it would be great to see more poppies in the run up to Armistice Day”.
Meanwhile, the man who believes he brought the first of the large poppies to Bridlington, has spoken about his delight and seeing the idea catch on around town.
Roy Thompson approached Cllr Liam Dealtry about the scheme and the former mayor’s conversation with the Free Press led to us launching the Turn the Town Red campaign.
“About this time last year we visited our daughter and her family in Shifnal in Shropshire,” said Roy.
“A local councillor had commenced an initiative to attach ‘event poppies’ to lampposts around the town and also sell them to the public at a cost of £3 each.
“Our daughter had purchased one and as I thought it was a great idea, I also purchased one. I fastened the poppy to the front of our house and it produced a number of admiring comments and requests about where could they be bought.
“At the beginning of May this year, we were visiting our son and his family in Ampthill in Bedfordshire and we attended their town festival.
“By coincidence, there was a stall at the festival marketing the event poppies and so I purchased another poppy and brought back some supporting literature.
“I was delighted to hear from Liam that the Bridlington Free Press would be running a big initiative to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War.”
So far, it is estaimated that more than 700 poppies have been sold.
They are available for a minimum donation of £3, which goes to the Royal British Legion, from:
○ Bridlington Town Council
○ Oops-A-Daisy florist
○ The Old Ship Inn
○ The Spa box office.