Stunning ways to say thank you for war time sacrifice

  • The 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War has stirred people to create stunning poppy artworks, to prompt pause and reflection, and to help teach about the sacrifice of previous generations.

A huge community effort has transformed this road in Aldridge, in the West Midlands, into the newly named ‘Poppy Road’ as a tribute to the fallen.

A bridal shop in Ilkeston, Derbyshire has created a 7ft ‘poppy dress’ display.

It’s covered in hundreds of handmade poppies, and took a team of five people a week to put together.

These ceramic poppies have been handmade by students at Streetly Academy in the West Midlands.

This lovely display of knitted poppies was created by the knit and natter group at All Saints Church, Wribbenhall, Bewdley.

This Weeping Window poppy display has gone on display at Stirchley Primary School. Friends and families have spent weeks creating the sculpture which is made up of 2,700 poppies.

This Tribute to the Fallen 100 years on is on display in Breaston Derbyshire, sent in by Paul Hargreaves.

Simon Shelley has built a dug out in the trenches in his front garden in Sandon, Stafford.

The poppies on display at Penkridge Methodist Church in Staffordshire were handmade by schools and community groups.

At Bromsgrove school, they’ve assembled these poppies, inscribed with the name and regiment of every fallen former pupil during the war.

The Blue Coat school has had 2018 copper poppies cut, and the whole school have been involved in a project to assemble them – with a blue coat button as its centre.

In Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, shops, businesses, and community groups have joined together to help create a ‘river of poppies’ out of all sorts of materials – even an old tyre!

Children have been making the poppies in workshops in schools and also decorating stones with drawings or messages of hope and peace for the future.

Across Tamworth in Staffordshire people have been helping to create a bright red cascade of 4,000 poppies which will flow from the top of the castle.

They’ve made poppies out of used plastic bottles, which will be attached to a net and dropped from the castle’s parapet wall.

This is a ‘poppy waterfall’ in Cleobury Mortimer, South Shropshire.

Philip Rowberry has painted 320 stones with a poppy on a black background, and the words “lest we forget” or “we will remember them”.

He’s inviting people to take stones and place them far and wide.

Two colleagues from Wolverhampton Council have spent months
knitting hundreds of remembrance poppies. They’ve raised more than £1000.

They started the mammoth knit back in August and even took their needles and yarn to the beach on their summer holidays.

Thousands of handmade poppies are on display in a huge art exhibition to commemorate each of the 504 residents from Rushcliffe towns and villages who were lost.

This cascade is on the atrium staircase at Rushcliffe Arena in West Bridgford.

This is the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick.

The Field of Remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire features more than 18,000 tributes from members of the public to service men and women.

A bus dedicated to fallen servicemen, women, veterans and their families is on the road in Leicestershire.

This stunning sculpture of a mounted First World War soldier is made out of willow and is on display at Samworth Academy in Wigston, Leicestershire.

This poppy cascade is on a wall at Braunstone Civic Centre in Leicestershire.

The cascade flows out over shrubbery and along the ground up to and around a new war memorial in the garden.