KIND-hearted Saddleworth youngsters have taken part in a major international initiative to eradicate polio and leave a picturesque reminder for the community.

Rotary International with the Bill Gates Foundation are continuing to support the worldwide vaccination programmes against the scourge with only Pakistan and Afghanistan still reporting small numbers of cases.

But as part of World Polio Day (October 24), Saddleworth Rotary club and enthusiastic members of Dovestone Junior Rangers planted nearly one thousand purple crocus bulbs at The Sound in Delph and earlier plantings at Diggle and Greenfield.

Dr Ian Brett, a retired radiologist and Saddleworth Rotary club president, said: “Purple is the colour of paint applied to nails of the vaccinated children. It is hoped that in the very near future this worldwide initiative will be successful.

“Meanwhile, we are looking forward with anticipation of delightful colourful blooms at The Sound next March.”

World Polio Day was marked by illumination of public buildings, including Oldham.

Contact Saddleworth Rotary club for further information about this and other projects. Anyone interested in the community work involving Rotary including Saddleworth Show, visit Saddleworth Rotary club website: