Youngsters pay their respects to service personnel

Youngsters from the Briardale Community Centre creating poppies for Remembrance day. Picture by John Tuttiett Photography.
Youngsters from the Briardale Community Centre creating poppies for Remembrance day. Picture by John Tuttiett Photography.

A group of youngsters have created their own poppies to pay their respects to fallen servicemen and women in their community.

The youngsters, who are all environment wardens at Briardale Community Centre in Blyth, took it upon themselves to create a poppy for every name on the war memorial in Cowpen.

With the help of a youth worker at the centre, the youngsters knitted 76 poppies which they attached to crosses and took to the memorial on November 11.

Centre manager Jean Bell said: “The children do a clean up once a year at the war memorial and they were looking at the names on the memorial and decided that they wanted to make their own poppies.

“They spent the last few weeks making them and on Armistice Day, and took them to the memorial and there was a service by Revd Tracy.

“The children all laid their poppies and held a minute’s silence.

“It was a very emotional night and we were in the dark which added to the atmosphere of the event.

“We are really proud of them they never cease to amaze us the things they come up and the things they do.

“Some are as young as five and they are just a fantastic group and so well behaved while the service was on there wasn’t a sound.

“Their parents should be so proud of them.”