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Kettle Funeral Directors and Monumental Masons, in Granville Street, Grimsby, have launched an appeal for people to knit and sell poppies.
While November, the traditional time to remember our war dead, is a while away yet, the local firm is keen to recruit an army of residents for the Knitted Poppy Appeal.
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Denise Rudd, administrator at Kettle, said: "We are going to be selling knitted poppies for this year's appeal but first we need to knit them.
"I have the patterns and a small supply of wool to give to people if they want to get involved.
"It was my idea, based on the knitted hats that we did last year for the troops.
"I wanted to do something that stood out and was a little bit different.
"We want to get as many made up as possible so we can make as much money as we can.
"Once they are made, people can get them with a minimum £1 donation.
"We need to get the town's knitters to come forward.
"The poppies are easy to create; all you need to do is knit four separate petals and sew them together and put a safety pin on the back."
Staff from the Grimsby Sewing and Knitting store, in Freeman Street, are giving the public that extra incentive to get involved by offering a money-saving deal.
Poppy knitters will be able to save 10 per cent off wool.
Owner Paul Haynes said: "We have helped provide wool for other charitable causes and we are happy to do it again.
"We are offering 10 per cent of wool to those that are knitting the poppies.
"We see it as a really good cause and we just want to do our bit."
The knitted poppies will start to be sold towards the end of October from the funeral directors, in Granville Street, or from the New Waltham Royal British Legion building, in Barnoldby Road.
Keep checking your Grimsby Telegraph as time goes on for the launch of this year's Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.