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Village’s poppy tribute to war heroes

Volunteers at Walesby's Willows community cafe who helped to support the poppy project with a wartime-themed lunch.
Volunteers at Walesby's Willows community cafe who helped to support the poppy project with a wartime-themed lunch.

A small village is creating a sea of poppies to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Walesby plans to honours local servicemen and women who died and others who served by placing a poppy on every lamp-post in the village.

Each poppy will be dedicated to a particular hero, complete with a brief summary of their service history and a photograph if one is available.

About 150 people representing more than 50 regiments or battalions in the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force (RAF) will be honoured. Each poppy will be sponsored by a company or individual to the tune of £450.

In addition, the crew of an RAF plane, which crash-landed in the neighbouring village of Milton during the Second World War, will be remembered.

The initiative is the work of volunteers in Walesby, who have carried out resppies tributeearch and compiled information provided by friends and relatives of the fallen.

More than £250 for the project was also raised from a war-themed lunch in the village hall, hosted by the volunteer-run Willows community cafe.

Volunteers dressed in vintage-style outfits and served home-made goodies and wartime food such as mock goose, homity pie and corned beef, as well as long-forgotten delicacies such as trench cake and bread and dripping.