THOUSANDS of handmade knitted poppies have been installed on a church tower in Wirral for Remembrance Day.

More than 80 knitters from the local community have spent the last year knitting 3,500 poppies which have been installed on the tower of Christ Church United Reformed Church in Port Sunlight.

The ‘river of poppies’, which were installed with the assistance of the Green Watch from Bromborough Community Fire Station, were all handmade by people from the church family, local community as well as knitters from the Thornton Hough Woman's Institute, Highfield URC, Port Sunlight Stitchers, and family members of the fire brigade.

Minister the Revd Ian Smith said: "Thanks go to everyone who has helped in any way. More than 3,500 poppies have been added to create the River of Poppies, and this is an amazing symbol of the commitment of Christ Church and the village of Port Sunlight to remember those have served their country, and, in particular, those who lost their lives in the many wars and conflicts that have taken place around the world."

Christ Church URC will be joining with the village for Remembrance weekend commemorations with an Armistice Day Service at the Port Sunlight War Memorial at 10.45am on Saturday 11 November; a Remembrance Sunday Service on Sunday 12 November, beginning at the Port Sunlight War Memorial at 10.45am and concluding in Christ Church; and a Remembrance Sunday Choral Evensong and Cantata by the Liverpool Bach Collective at Christ Church on Sunday 12 November beginning at 6.30pm.