One of the stitchers involved in the Mount Felix Tapestry project, undertaken in England, will be the guest speaker at a joint Warkworth Red Cross and Warkworth Women’s Institute event on Friday, July 19.
Lady Alexandra Smith, wife of former NZ High Commissioner in London, Lockwood Smith, was involved with Poppy’s Story on Panel 27 of the 44-panel project.
Red Cross secretary Cunitia Wilkinson says Lady Smith will talk about the tapestry, as well as her time in London.
The Mount Felix Tapestry was a community project developed over three years and involved more than 600 embroiderers in England and New Zealand.
It commemorates and honours the 27,000 Kiwi soldiers who were treated at Hospital No 2 Walton-on-
Thames, between 1915 and 1920, as well as the doctors and nurses who cared for them.
Cunitia, who viewed the tapestry when it toured NZ last year, said it was a very moving tribute.
“It was lovely to think that all these years later, this project was organised to remember the New Zealanders who served and died in World War I, and the people who worked at the hospital,” she said.
Members of the public are welcome to attend the talk, which will start at 2pm.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or by phoning Cunitia on 425 5800.