Purple4Polio Crocus Concerts

The Rotary Club of Banbury is staging two “Purple4Polio Crocus Concerts” on Tuesday 6th March and Thursday 8th March, supporting Rotary International’s End Polio Now Campaign. These are the culmination of the fifth year of their collaborative venture with local secondary schools.

They provide once again a wonderful opportunity for the young people to sing in front of an audience and then in the mass choirs finale in the marvellous surroundings of St Mary’s Church.

Purple4Polio Poster

The concerts are scheduled to take place when the crocuses planted over the past five autumns are hopefully in bloom. Students and Rotarians have also planted bulbs in a variety of locations around Banbury. Last year over 47,000 Ruby Giant Crocuses, symbols of the Polio Eradication Campaign, were planted locally. This year they hope to see the Broughton Road Roundabout and St Mary’s Churchyard turn purple. Altogether they shall have planted approaching 100,000 corms over the past five years. Across the United Kingdom, seven million crocus corms were planted by Rotarians and partners in autumn 2016 under the “Purple4polio partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society. The national effort was repeated in autumn 2017, aiming to carpet even more of the country purple in early spring. 

When double-match-funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, all funds raised from the concerts will go towards what The Rotary Club see as the final push for the cause!

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