A FLOWERBED in Langmoor Gardens, Lyme Regis, will become a swathe of purple as the town gets behind the ‘Purple for Polio’ campaign to eradicate wild poliovirus worldwide.
The town council has agreed that the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis can plant 6,000 purple crocuses in one of the flowerbeds of the seafront gardens.
Purple has become a symbolic colour in this campaign as it is the colour of the dye that is painted on the little finger of a child to signify that they have received the polio vaccine.
Over a period of 30 years. the incidence of polio has fallen from about 350,000 cases a year in 125 countries to just 33 cases in 2018 – with just two countries reporting cases of wild poliovirus – Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The Rotary Club plans to plant the crocuses on Saturday, October 26, as it is the closest weekend to World Polio Day (October 24).
Members are hoping to make this a community event by inviting local groups to take part in planting the crocuses, from 11am.
The flower bed is in between the cinema and the mosaic bench and is about 50 feet long so it will be possible to have a number of people planting at the same time.