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Armistice Day centenary to be marked at Royal Windsor Summer Show

The 100th anniversary of Armistice Day will be marked by a ‘Big Knit for Remembrance’ at this year’s Royal Windsor Summer Show.

Event organisers, The Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society (RWRHS), want people to knit as many different poppies as possible to form part of a display in the grounds of St George’s School.

The centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF) has also been chosen as a theme to inspire competitors at the show, which is taking place on Saturday, July 14.

Members of the public got a taste of what lies in store this summer as the society held its official launch party at Gardeners Hall on Friday (Feb23).

Trustee Alex Denman said: “We’re calling on the knitters of Windsor and Berkshire to come out and knit as many different poppies as they can and we’re going to display them at the flower show.

“We’d like all flower clubs to take inspiration from the RAF’s motto, ‘Through adversity to the stars’.”

Founded in 1892, the society aims to promote community engagement in the Royal Borough and encourage enjoyment of horticulture, cooking and crafting.

Friday’s launch party featured talks from guest speakers including leading flower arranger Judith Blacklock.

She dished out advice for would-be competitors and also speculated about the potential flowers that could be worn by US actress Meghan Markle when she marries Prince Harry in Windsor in May.

Society chairman Andrew Try told the meeting: “It doesn’t matter if your talents are gardening, cooking, craft or photography, there is something there for you.

“We want to encourage people to get out there and compete.”

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