More than 1000 handmade poppies will spring up in Maryborough’s McLandress Square on Anzac Day next year thanks to the hard work of a local community group.
Earlier this year, Maryborough’s RSL sub branch commissioned the Church of Christ Busy Bees craft group to create 1000 knitted poppies, to be laid at the square in place of the traditional white crosses.
The group took on the challenge with gusto, creating 1279 woollen poppies in record time and Maryborough RSL sub-branch member Lee Turton said he was amazed at the effort put in by group members.
“They’ve done a phenomenal job, they got it done so quickly,” he said.
“I just dropped in one day and asked if they’d be interested in creating the poppies to replace the crosses on Anzac Day and they were great about it.”
Mr Turton said with the number of crosses placed around McLandress Square’s cenotaph growing rapidly each year, an alternative was needed to keep the space accessible.
“There were 15 extra crosses at this year’s Anzac Day. Growing at a rate like that wasn’t really sustainable,” he said.
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