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Crocuses bloom for Polio campaign

Frome Rotary Club crocuses

Purple crocuses that were planted by Frome Rotary Club and students from Critchill School around the town have started blooming.

The flowers remind passers-by of the 25-year world-wide campaign, led by the Rotary, to eliminate deadly Polio. Members, along with students from Critchill School, gathered together earlier this month to admire the flowers.

Rotarians in the town have been actively involved since the international campaign started. Money they raised has helped to pay for the immunisation programmes in affected countries. Two Frome Rotarians have just returned from hands-on helping repeat immunisations of children in India.

When the ‘End Polio’ campaign started, thousands of children across the world were crippled every year. Now it is just single figures, in two countries.

Displays are around the Boyle Cross, in the Market Place, the grass bank at North Parade and on the riverside. Town Ranger, Mark Branston, worked with the Rotary Club to make it possible.