A UNIQUE tribute to the fallen was put on display at Portavogie war memorial over Remembrance weekend.

A fishing net and lobster creel was adorned with poppies created by members of the newly formed Seaside Yarners knitting and crochet group.

Cathy Allen, who facilitates the group, along with her sister-in-law Margaret Reynolds, explained how they had seen photos of similar projects and decided to make their own statements of remembrance.

“We thought it would be nice to do something for the village for Remembrance Sunday,” she explained. “Members in the group knitted or crocheted poppies and considering that Portavogie is a fishing village we thought would display them on a net.” 

The items were placed close to Portavogie war memorial on Saturday – Armistice Day – and then on Remembrance Sunday, and the group is hoping to have them displayed in the village over the coming weeks. 

“They turned out really well and the members are very proud of the items,” Cathy said. 

The Seaside Yarners meet in Portavogie Orange Hall on Monday nights from 7 to 9pm and new members will be made very welcome. “There will be a cuppa waiting for you and a bit of a yarn,” Cathy said.

Alderman Robert Adair has commended the Seaside Yarners on their works of art which he descried as ‘a labour of love’.

“It was a very fitting tribute and provided a beautiful backdrop to the war memorial in Portavogie on Remembrance Sunday,” he said. “The people of Portavogie were delighted to have the work of the Seaside Yarners featured during their act of remembrance.

“I want to wish the Seaside Yarners all the best for the future as they continue to make wonderful creations,” he added. “I hope their work will be displayed in Portavogie and further afield in the weeks and months to come”.