Disrespectful vandals have damaged the knitted poppy garland that is wrapped on the lamp column beside Prospect Place that is the site of the Remembrance Stone, just days before Remembrance Day.
Hythe and Waterside Poppy Ladies who produced the beautifully-crafted poppies to commemorate the Centenary of the end of World War 1, are now forced to keep monitoring and working on this memorial before it gets damaged beyond repair.
Hampshire Police has been informed of this criminal damage.
Maggie Riddett Administrator for the Poppy Ladies said "I am absolutely appalled, as will all the poppy ladies be when they hear of it. This is not the first time this lamppost has been targeted, it was repaired earlier in the week. What a shame that our first press release has to be about damage to the display, instead of what joy it has brought to our community"
Councillor Maureen McLean, Chairman of the Parish Council said: "I am shocked and upset to discover that this is happening.
"The Poppy Ladies have worked so hard and I find it impossible to believe that anyone does not know just how poignant and significant these poppies are. The hard work of the Poppy Ladies is helping our community commemorate the Armed Forces men and women who have served, or are serving, making the ultimate sacrifice to keep us all safe.
"That such selfish and disgraceful vandalism can take place on a memorial at this time of year is beyond belief. We will work with the police to identify the offenders."