Blanket Old Eldon Square with wool poppies for Armistice Day


MEMBERS of the public are being called upon to pick up their knitting needles to help produce a spectacular tribute to the heroes who fought in the First World War.

November 11, 2018, marks 100 years since the singing of the Armistice between the Allies and Germany, bringing an end to World War I.

A traditional remembrance service, led by the Bishop of Newcastle, will be held on the morning of Sunday 11 November at the war memorial in old Eldon Square, along with a parade of serving, veteran and cadet forces and support services.

In addition, there is also a charming plan to blanket the old Eldon Square area with yarn poppies.

The idea was inspired by Heaton resident Wendy Parker who oversaw the yarn blanketing of Heaton Cemetery gates last November.

Volunteers are now being asked to knit and crochet as many poppies as possible to mark the centenary year  as a poignant and charming tribute of commemoration 100 years on.

Cllr Karen Kilgour, Newcastle City Council cabinet member for adult care and health, and armed forces champion, said: “This is an ambitious plan for what would be a fitting tribute to those who sacrificed everything for their country.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to get involved to create this spectacle in honour of  forces personnel who fought for our future on this important anniversary.”

Cllr Kim McGuinness, cabinet member for culture, sport and public health, added: “100 years on from the end of the war is a momentous milestone.

“It is only right that as a city we come together to pay our respects to those that fought for all of us and our future. The yarn poppies are an easy and inclusive way for anyone to get involved and to create a fantastic display for the commemoration in the heart of Newcastle.”

While a small amount of wool to get the project underway will be available from the Civic Centre, donations of materials are also required to maximise the number of poppies for the Remembrance Sunday weekend. Community groups, local clubs, knitting circles, schools, crafting groups, guide and scout groups, staff groups are all encouraged to get involved. 

We are asking that all poppies are handed in by 1 November. 

If you can’t knit but would like to be involved, volunteers will also be needed week commencing 5 November to put the poppies out and w/c 12 November to collect them back in.

For further information please contact the Office of the Lord Mayor on 0191 2115050 or

You can also see a list of FAQs and knitting patterns here.