Exhibition honours animals role in First World War

Purple Poppies honour the role of animals in war
Purple Poppies honour the role of animals in war

More than 1,500 purple poppies, which are now nationally recognized as a symbol used to commemorate the lives of animals and their work during ‘The Great War,’ have been created as part of a community project.

Local artist, May Jones, has been involved in running workshops for community members at the Village Church Farm where all the purple poppies have been hand made using tissue paper and fixings.

These poppies will be used to create a harness, reins, a cow and a horse blanket and once complete, will be put on display in the foyer of the Hildreds Shopping Centre on Thursday and Friday (October 1-2).

“I have run community projects in Skegness for the past three years and I’m thrilled to be given this opportunity,” said May.

“The project is funded by The Arts Council England and local Skegness Councillor, John Byford. It is to commemorate the lives lost of various animals and remembering their roles during WW1.”

Hildreds centre manager, Steve Andrews, said: “We look forward to having the purple poppy creations at The Hildreds for our shoppers to see and enjoy.”

For more information on the Hildreds Shopping Centre call 01754 764899 or visit www.hildredsshoppingcentre.co.uk