I always look forward to this lovely drift of hundreds of purple crocuses when they come into bloom at Trentham Gardens
It really is a cheering sight
This year a notice has appeared to explain why the purple crocuses have been planted here.
I remember when I was a child in the 1950s there being talk of people having polio - all us children had to be vaccinated against it and diphtheria too. I remember the illustrations of people in iron lungs and seeing people on crutches or wearing metal leg braces who had suffered from polio. What a dreadful disease it is.
The rotary clubs internationally support the continued vaccination of children across the world and each year hold a 'purple pinkie day'. This is because when a child has been vaccinated against polio on national immunisation day they have their little finger dyed purple to show that they have been treated under the 'end polio now' campaign.
Apparently polio has been eradicated from all but three areas of the world. The disease can still be found in Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan but it is hoped that, because of campaigns like this, the world can be completely polio free by 2018.