Wilmslow Town Council has decided to attach large poppies to the lamp posts on the main roads in the town in the run up to Remembrance Day.
Last year, lorry poppies* were put up on lamp posts across Handforth at the time of remembrance which were very well received and the Wilmslow Branch of the Royal British Legion approached the Town Council about doing a similar thing this year.
They requested that 300 of these giant poppies were put on display around the town in return for which a donation would be made to the Royal British Legion.
The Community & Order Committee discussed this proposal at their meeting on Monday, 21st September, and whilst they are very much in favour of the idea they felt that, given the short notice, they would struggle to put 300 poppies up. So they decided to request 100 poppies in return for a donation of £300.
Cllr Gary Barton said "This would give us sufficient to put markers along key routes in Wilmslow, rather than seeking blanket coverage, but also reach out to the business groups locally to ask them to support the campaign as well and possibly we can look at ways of not only financial support but support in putting the poppies up.
"The committee was minded that we may look at a more significant effort for Remembrance Day 2016."
Speaking about the plans in Handforth, Anthony Harrison said "The original idea was first implemented in 2014 in Woking to mark the 100th anniversary of the Great War. On the back of this case study, Handforth Parish Council purchased 50 I believe and this year they have proposed the purchase of a further 200.
"That year, I also instigated a real poppy campaign in the village which was very successful and through Handforth Community War Memorial Foundation I am continuing that campaign this year by selling real poppy seeds throughout the month leading up to Remembrance Sunday."
* Editor's note (7/10/15) Please see the comments below. Whilst at the meeting the poppies being purchased were called 'lorry poppies' it has since been clarified that they are 'event poppies'.