Planting purple crocuses for Polio campaign

Sat 24th October 2020 at 3.59 pm - Mon 1st February 2021 - 5.59 pm

Knaresborough Rotarians have been out planting crocuses drawing attention to the End Polio campaign


On Saturday 24th October, World Polio Day, Knaresborough Rotarians joined residents, and a red dinosaur, on the Appleby estate to plant purple crocuses as part of their work in publicising the Polio campaign.The crocuses are a reminder of the purple dye used to mark the left little finger, the ‘purple pinkie’, of children given the Polio vaccine by immunisation teams in countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan where Polio is still endemic. Crocuses have also been planted on the green outside the church in Farnham and on Knaresborough Railway Station. To mark  World Polio day Knaresborough Castle was also floodlit in purple.

The purple crocuses are a reminder of the purple dye used to mark the left little finger, the ‘purple pinkie’, of children given the Polio vaccine by immunisation teams in countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan where Polio is still endemic.

Polio was eradicated from the UK in 1982 and children in this country still receive the Polio vaccine.  Amongst the survivors of childhood Polio is TV celebrity Mary Berry, of ‘Bake-off’ fame, who describes the experience in her autobiography. Other well-known survivors include Mia Farrow, golfer Gary Player, actor Don Sutherland, historian David Starkey, Arch-bishop Desmond Tutu and the late John Thaw.