CLOSE to 4000 poppies have been attached to plaques in the Avenue of Honour over two days.
On Monday students from Phoenix College attached poppies to the 3000 plaques in the Avenue from the Arch to the Rail Crossing while on Tuesday Ballarat Specialist School completed the task with the 800 plaques between the Rail Crossing and the end of the Avenue. Haddon and District Lions Club member Chris Rigg said he first had the idea about three years ago to mark Anzac Day this way. Lions Clubs from Mount Bolton, Ballarat, Alfredton Lucas, and Sebastopol were also involved with helping in the project. “When I first thought about that I put the proposal to the Haddon and District Lions Club and they said they would back me to the hilt,” Mr Rigg said.
“They said for me to organise it and I did. “I have been to Gallipoli and I think we should recognise everything the soldiers have done for us.” Mr Rigg added that it would be a wonderful sight for people who drive through the Avenue. The poppies will remain in place until Remembrance Day.