MORE than 1,000 poppies have been knitted and crocheted in Selkirk ahead of this year’s Armistice centenary.

And organisers of the commemorations to mark the end of World War I are hoping many more will be made over the coming weeks.

A cascade of the symbolic flowers will be draped from the bell tower of Selkirk Parish Church in the lead up to the November 11 event.

And a further cascade of the knitted poppies is also planned from the town-centre Pant Well.

Selkirk Remembers organisers recruited the help of the Royal Burgh’s famous Yarnbombers – and dozens of others have also picked up their needles to help.

David Deacon from the Selkirk Remembers group said: “I already have over 1,000 poppies and more are coming in every day.

“This is a massive community effort which has captured people’s imagination.

“We are grateful to everyone who is supporting the project in any way.”

Kay Ross from the Selkirk Yarnbombers created a knitting and crocheting pattern for the poppies.

And many businesses - including Lochcarron of Scotland - have donated red wool and yarn.

Local outlets including the Post Office are distributing the patterns as well as donated wool and yarn.

Local councillor Caroline Penman, who joint manages the Post Office, said: “As soon as we get new patterns in they are all gone within a day or two – people are really getting behind this.”

As well as the cascade of poppies, organisers are planning to commemorate the 292 men from the town who died during the 1914-18 conflict as well as the 1004 who returned home by illuminating the Town Hall with red lighting.

And a special parade will take place on the morning of Sunday, November 11 from the Parish Church to the War Memorial, including flag-bearers from all of Selkirk’s casting associations as well as other organisations.

Mr Deacon added: “There is a lot going on and it is very much a community event.”