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Quendon villagers create roadside Remembrance display to honour those who fought and died for their country




An eye-catching silhouette of a solitary soldier is lighting up the centre of Quendon after villagers got together to create a special Remembrance display.

Parish councillor Carrie Williams made around 100 clay poppies for the scene. They will be sold off to raise money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

She said that fellow residents had been keen to contribute, with pictures created by children, felt and crochet work, a large poppy made from chicken wire and the dramatic lighting set up by Mike Stevens, who lives in Quendon and works for events company Production Plus.

The striking display for Remembrance Day outside Quendon Village Hall (43067140)
The striking display for Remembrance Day outside Quendon Village Hall (43067140)

"We're always looking for ways to engage all the various generations in the village. Because of lockdown and the restrictions, we did a Hallowe'en display treasure hunt and off the back of that thought 'How do we encourage people to participate in Remembrance Day?'" said Carrie.

"So we thought we could do something that could be seen from afar and invited people to submit anything, so we had knitting, feltwork, children made glittered cardboard poppies and one resident made the backdrop with the Tommy in front."

Mike said the display, which sits outside the village hall on the main B1383 Cambridge Road, would remain for Wednesday's Armistice Day (November 11) commemorations.

Clay poppies formed part of the display which will be sold off to raise money for the Poppy Appeal (43067137)
Clay poppies formed part of the display which will be sold off to raise money for the Poppy Appeal (43067137)

"The reception to it has been incredible," he said.

"When we were setting it up a bus driver stopped and got off his bus to say how wonderful everything looked and how he was looking forward to seeing it all lit up."

A beautiful poppy crafted out of chicken wire forms part of the display (43067157)
A beautiful poppy crafted out of chicken wire forms part of the display (43067157)


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