IMPRESSIVE poppy displays have been created at a pair of north Shropshire GP surgeries to commemorate Armistice Day.

Staff and patients at the Wem & Prees Medical Practices have created individually handmade poppies, homemade felt and plastic poppies, crocheted and knitted poppies as part of a window display at their Prees surgery, as well as a waterfall display at the surgery in Wem.

Caroline Evans, the practice manager said the idea came about in April and she believes it is a way to engage with patients.

"Some of us had begun to crochet during lockdown," she said.

"I felt it was something that we could do to engage with our patients.

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"The idea came to me in April and I thought that gives me six months to do it. We could see how it goes and see how many patients join us.

"It was really well received and we had lots of people bringing them in."

The plans are to leave the display up through November.

Caroline added: "I wanted it to be up in plenty of time and we plan to leave it up through November.

"We recognise the date and always go outside to show our support to mark the 11th hour at work.


"The response from patients has been brilliant, people said they had been down to have a look at it which was lovely," she added.

The Royal British Legion has also been supportive of the display.

Wem is very close to RAF Shawbury and Caroline said the medical practice has very strong ties to the armed forces.

"We have staff who are ex-military, we've got nurses who have partners who work in RAF Shawbury and we have people who are connected through that because of how close we are to Shawbury."

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Caroline thanked patients for their contribution and said the surgery hope to make displays 'bigger and better.'

She explained: "We are closely connected to the military and we are aware that we wanted to mark and show our respect and it is something which we want to build on each year and make bigger and better.

"We wanted to do it with our patients and we are grateful for everyone's who has contributed and all the hard work which has gone into it."