A POIGNANT display of thousands of poppies has been unveiled to make the 100th anniversary of the armistice.

The knitted and crochet flowers represented the 2,500 Inverclyde casualties of the Great War.

They are on display at the Heritage Hub in Cathcart Street

The idea was the brainchild of Lillian Newman and Isobel McCully of the East End Advisory Group.

Vincent Gillen, social history curator at the McLean Musuem, said: "It was the idea of these two ladies who put out an appeal asking if anyone could crochet or knit poppies.

"Two and a half thousand local people were killed in World War 1 and these poppies represent the casualties."

Mr Gillen says the idea was inspired by the poppy displays that have been going round the country over the past four years.

He said: "It is based on the poppies hanging at the Tower of London and the Black Watch Museum flowing river of poppies."

As well as the remembrance tribute there is a also a small display in the hub of the 100th anniversary of the RAF and the 14 men from Inverclyde who died in World War 1.

The opening of the display also included a book launch of Greenock Cemetery - Great War Memorials, written by Mr Gillen.

He said: "There are over 500 headstones in Greenock Cemetery which list men who were killed in the First World War, so we put together some pictures and a story behind each of the 498 men and two women who were killed."

The book is available at the Inverclyde Hub.


Pictured is Dorothy Barnsdall, museum assistant