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Brownies plant poppies to mark centenary

1st Knottingley St Botolph's Brownies at Knottingley cenotaph to mark 100 years since World War.
Organiser Chris Wood with Jessica Harte and Stephanie Spence-Hirst

1st Knottingley St Botolph's Brownies at Knottingley cenotaph to mark 100 years since World War. Organiser Chris Wood with Jessica Harte and Stephanie Spence-Hirst

Knottingley brownies and the town’s Royal British Legion branch came together to commemorate two centenaries.

Knottingley branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) invited 1st Knottingley brownies to take part in a poppy planting event at the town’s St Botolph’s Church to mark the centenary of the First World War.

The brownies section of the Girlguiding movement is also celebrating its centenary this year.

Brownies and Legion members gathered at Knottingley’s cenotaph to plant poppies which it is hoped will be in flower by August 4, the day Britain declared war on Germany in 1914.

Ann Penistone, Knottingley RBL secretary, said: “It was a lovely evening.

“We thought it would be nice to include local children in the commemoration. Everyone enjoyed it.”

Knottingley Coun Graham Stokes presented the brownies with special RBLPoppy badges which have been made to mark the Great War centenary.

Janet Laycock, 1st Knottingley’s brown owl said: “The girls had a great evening. It was a brilliant thing for the community and fitted in nicely with the brownie programme.”

 

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