Pupils’ purple plants help stop polio

School children have helped plant 10,000 crocus bulbs to help turn Featherstone purple and raise awareness of a campaign to eradicate polio.

The pupils from Featherstone St Thomas CE Junior School were joined by the Mayor of Featherstone, Coun Margaret Isherwood, and members of the Rotary Club of Normanton, which donated the bulbs.

The crocuses will help raise awareness of a rotary campaign started in 1985 to eradicate polio in the world. The initiative, which is 2:1 matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has reduced cases of the disease from more than 1,000 each day across 125 countries, to just three countries worldwide.

The crocuses, which were planted on the green outside the school, will flower early next year. The purple - which represents the coloured dye used to mark a child’s finger, indicating they have received their polio vaccine - will remind residents of the efforts made the children and members of the Rotary Club of Normanton to stop polio.