Get knitting! Call for handmade poppies for the Lairg War Memorial centenary event

Handmade poppies are needed for an event marking the centenary of the Lairg War Memorial.

A call has now been made for local people to knit, crochet or make felt poppies and drop them off at collection points.

A side view of the Lairg War Memorial which overlooks Loch Shin.

Lairg District Community Initiatives (LDCI) is working with 2nd Lieutenant Sheila Stewart to plan the memorial ceremony.

LDCI board member Alison Magee said in a report to Lairg Community Council last Wednesday that there were plans to form a ‘cascade of poppies’ from the top to the bottom of the war memorial’s railings.

The beautiful column-like monument enjoys a commanding position overlooking Loch Shin.

It was unveiled on September 30, 1922, and local resident Angela Sutherland found a copy of the original dedication service.

Ms Magee said local organisations, including the primary school, the learning center and the historical society, would be involved in the event.

“We want to make this a memorable day,” she said. “This is a very important opportunity for Lairg.”

Collection points have already been established at the Lairg Library and the Lairg Learning Centre.

We hope to add a few stores to the list of collection points.

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