Hartlepool's stunning Field of Remembrance set out as town pays respect the the fallen
Hartlepool’s stunning Field of Remembrance has been set out as the town pays respect to the fallen.
The project – which has been nine months in the making – brought volunteers from the town and further afield together to create a Field of Remembrance around the Hartlepool War Memorial.
A total of 25,000 hand sewn poppies have been made for the display which includes two large nets featuring hundreds of hand-knitted poppies and more than 1,000 crosses bearing the names of those who lost their lives in the First and Second World War.
A third poppy net will be displayed at the Headland’s Heugh Battery Museum along with 130 specially made wooden silhouettes of figures – one for each person killed in the bombardment of the town in 1914.
Team Poppy 2017 from West Cornforth, along with pupils from Kingsley Primary School and the Hartlepool Armed Forces Breakfast Club, have been instrumental in creating the display.
While Andy Denham and Anthony Frain were also behind researching each of the names of people from the town who lost their lives in the First and Second World War so that they could appear on the crosses.
It is the second year that the Field of Remembrance has been created by volunteers and one again it includes an unnamed cross to pay tribute to the unnamed Hartlepool soldier.
Organisers this year included Jamie Horton, Anthony Frain, Dave Hunter, Ian Cawley, Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Rooney, Darren Prince and Daniel Threadgill.
The Field of Remembrance will be on display for seven days, while the Heugh Battery Museum display will run until December 17.
Jamie Horton, who helped to organise the display, said: “It is outstanding the effort that people have gone to.
“The support that we have had from volunteers who came and helped and got on their hands and knees to plant the crosses has been incredible.
“Thank you to the volunteers, those who have donated and to the Hartlepool Civic Centre for allowing us to put the display on.
“It means a lot to people.”
To donate to the appeal, go to the Hartlepool Field Of Remembrance 2019 page at gofundme.com