A POIGNANT display of 302 Remembrance poppies is filling the windows and walls of a Mossley business after an overwhelming response to their appeal for help.
Elizabeth Way Funeral Directors, Stamford Street, decorated their window with an eye-catching display last year to pay tribute to those who have fallen in wars.
This year, they decided to go the extra mile this year and do something special as public Remembrance services are not being held due to Covid restrictions.
Anthony Barton, funeral director/manager, and Tami Peel, funeral arranger, set about getting local schools involved with the window display – and were left astounded by the response.
“We try to do something every year for Remembrance and we did a window display last year with poppies but just asked one school to help,” explained Anthony.
“This year, we wanted to do a bigger display and so asked five schools to help decorate our windows.
“I printed some Remembrance Day pictures for children to colour or paint and sent them to the schools. I was overwhelmed with the response as we had an amazing 302 pictures returned.
“Due to the volume of pictures received, we have not only decorated all of the windows but they have also covered an entire wall in our arranging room and anywhere else we have a space!
“We want to thank the schools involved as the children have worked so hard for such an important day. We are so proud of our community.
“One of the reasons we wanted to do this bigger this year is because there will be no gathering at the cenotaphs with the current situation so at least people can pass our window and remember those who have died in any conflict.”
The schools that got involved are Millbrook Primary and Nursery School, Milton St Johns C of E Primary and Nursery, Arlies Primary School, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary and Nursery School, and St George’s C of E Primary and Nursery School.