Planting set to turn Exmouth Purple4Polio

PUBLISHED: 06:30 22 October 2016

Frank Hart-Venn,John Thorogood,George Eamer and Pat Graham at the Eexter Road site where they will be planting thousands of crocusses. exe 41-16TI 0044. Picture: Terry Ife

Frank Hart-Venn,John Thorogood,George Eamer and Pat Graham at the Eexter Road site where they will be planting thousands of crocusses. exe 41-16TI 0044. Picture: Terry Ife

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A piece of Exmouth town centre will be turning purple to help the fight to eradicate one of the world’s deadliest diseases.

Members of Exmouth and District and Exmouth Raleigh Rotary clubs are teaming up to plant 25,000 purple crocus bulbs, most of which will be at the junction of Exeter Road and Marine Way, as part of the nationwide Purple4Polio initiative, backing the Rotary International campaign for a polio-free planet.

Frank Hart-Venn, representing the clubs, said: “As clubs, we have worked tirelessly to ensure that polio is eradicated for good, and, with fewer cases being reported, we believe we can end this deadly disease forever.

“This has been the goal for 30 years and we’re determined to make this a reality.”

The planting is being supported by Exmouth in Bloom, Rotakids, Mike Vines at EDDC Streetscene, Exmouth Sea Cadets, Optima Graphics, and Brandon Tool Hire.

Any crocuses left over will be taken and donated to local schools.

The planting, which will take place on October 24 - World Polio Day – follows last year’s crocus planting in Phear Park.

It also follows the recent planting by the Exmouth and District club of 2,500 crocuses at Children’s Hospice South West’s Little Bridge House, with support from staff from Nationwide Building Society.

Frank said: “Children’s Hospice South West is a charity dear to our hearts and we thought it was the perfect place to be able to launch our own club’s involvement in the Purple4Polio campaign.”

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