Every year Rotary Clubs in the UK plant purple crocuses to raise awareness and to support the fund raising efforts to rid the world of polio. Saturday October 24 was World Polio Day and the purple crocus flower has become its emblem. Yesterday, October 27, members of Marlborough and District Rotary Club, together with help from Nigel Weatherly, Grounds Manager at Marlborough Town Council and his team, planted over a 1500 crocuses on The Green and a further 1000 in the Victorian Cemetery, Frees Avenue.
Rotarian Gerry Hooper, told Marlborough.news, “It’s a very nice way of donating to the community and celebrating the achievement of the elimination of polio in Africa.”
The Rotary International campaign to end polio began in 1985 and in August this year it was announced that the whole of Africa is now free of polio. By inoculating children this dreadful disease has finally been beaten in every country in the world except Pakistan and Afghanistan. In these two countries the work goes on. After inoculation each child’s finger is painted with a purple dye to identify that it has been carried out, hence the purple crocus emblem.
Rotarian Jack Torrens said, “We hope the crocuses will bring long term enjoyment for people of the town. They are in a good position where lots of people passing by will see them next Spring. A big thank you to Nigel and his team for preparing the ground and for helping us.
More crocuses will be planted in Pewsey in the coming weeks.