A striking display of hand-crafted poppies watched over by a solitary Tommy are a powerful symbol of Remembrance in Nunthorpe.
The 100 vibrant red flowers have been lovingly hand-crafted by the renowned Nunthorpe & Marton Knitters group, while the soldier was created by local ward Councillor Jon Rathmell.
Thanks to a generous donation from the www.theplasticshop.co.uk, Cllr Rathmell was also able to make enough Tommy figures to line both sides of the road between Nunthorpe Village and Poole roundabout.
Councillor Rathmell says, “Several years ago I heard a child in town ask her mother; what is the poppy for?
“I thought about it and realised if people didn’t mark it through community engagement and working together, Remembrance could fade in Middlesbrough.
“I met with former ward councillor Brenda Thompson and we devised a plan to create displays around Nunthorpe, engaging schools and community groups.
“Since then it has grown and people travel from all around the North East to visit Nunthorpe during this poignant period of reflection. Last year we had people travel from as far afield as Hampshire.
“As with previous years the community of Nunthorpe has excelled and I hope people visit the displays for an opportunity to reflect.”
This year a wooden horse and soldier have been installed in one of the flower beds at the Cenotaph, with both surrounded by recycled poppies produced by local school children.
A striking dress created entirely from knitted poppies – also by the Nunthorpe & Marton Knitters – is currently on display at the nearby Dorman Museum.
Services will be taking place around the Tees area this weekend to mark Remembrance Sunday.