Focus on the crocus to highlight campaign

The pit wheel memorial in Lynemouth pictured soon after the top soil was laid. Picture by Kevin Hindmarsh
The pit wheel memorial in Lynemouth pictured soon after the top soil was laid. Picture by Kevin Hindmarsh
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Lynemouth Parish Council has approved a proposal from the Rotary Club of Ashington for the planting of purple spring-flowering crocus bulbs at the Pit Wheel Mining Memorial or other suitable locations in the village.

The two organisations have joined forces to publicise Rotary’s Purple4Polio campaign to eradicate polio from the world, focusing on educating young people about the devastating disease.

A total of 5,000 crocus corms will be purchased.

Parish council chairman, Coun Liz Dunn, said: “The planting of the bulbs will provide a carpet of colour in Lynemouth next spring and year after year, and will look fantastic planted in a large group.

“Don’t step on our purple crocuses – they represent something very special.”

Crocuses were chosen as the emblem for the campaign as the purple colour matches the colour of the dye painted on children’s hands after they had been immunised.

The parish council needs some volunteers from the village to get involved in the mass planting this autumn. It is hoped that this will be carried out by the end of September.

To find out more about how you can help, call the parish clerk on 07788 111729 or email lynemouthparishcouncil@hotmail.co.uk