WATCH: Homes of County Durham soldiers who gave lives in First World War marked with special poppies

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Fallen heroes of the First World War were honoured in Durham after poppies were fixed to the homes they left to fight for their country.

Durham fire station watch manager, Michael Burdon, is leading an initiative in County Durham to mark the homes of the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the Great War.

Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service watch manager Michael Burdon with one of the poppies installed on properties in Bowburn, Durham.

Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service watch manager Michael Burdon with one of the poppies installed on properties in Bowburn, Durham.

Specially-sculpted resin poppies were fixed to the walls outside the homes of fallen soldiers in Clarence Street, and the surrounding streets, in Bowburn.

The initiative is already being run in Washington.

Michael’s great-grandfather John McKeown fought and survived in the war, going on to serve in the Second World War.

But John’s brother James and brother-in-law Michael Lowery, who all lived in the same house in Clarence Street, died along with their neighbour in the Battle of the Somme in 1916 as they fought with the Tyneside Irish Northumberland Fusiliers.

There’s a lot of pride in this community and these poppies are a fantastic symbol of the life these lads gave.

Michael Burdon, Durham fire station watch manager

Michael, who lives in Washington, said: “I thought how fitting it would be to bring this from Washington where I live to Durham where I work, and discovered that the wonderful people of Bowburn have done all their history on the men who gave their lives so it was quite a simple effort of raising the funding and coming out to put the poppies up.”

Tonight’s event also saw regimental Sergeant Major John Thompson, of the Fifth Fusiliers, read a poem and Colour Sgt Dick Stacey play The Last Post on the bugle before a minute’s silence.

Michael added: “There’s a lot of pride in this community and these poppies are a fantastic symbol of the life these lads gave.”

Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service watch manager Michael Burdon with one of the poppies installed on properties in Bowburn, Durham.

Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service watch manager Michael Burdon with one of the poppies installed on properties in Bowburn, Durham.

Sunderland branch of the Fusilier Association members Captain Alex Hendry, Steve Platts and Graeme Knapp with poppies installed on properties in Bowburn, Durham.

Sunderland branch of the Fusilier Association members Captain Alex Hendry, Steve Platts and Graeme Knapp with poppies installed on properties in Bowburn, Durham.

Sunderland branch of the Fusilier Association member Steve Platts with poppies installed on properties in Bowburn, Durham.

Sunderland branch of the Fusilier Association member Steve Platts with poppies installed on properties in Bowburn, Durham.

Sunderland branch of the  Fusilier Association member Steve Platts with poppies installed on properties in Bowburn, Durham.

Sunderland branch of the Fusilier Association member Steve Platts with poppies installed on properties in Bowburn, Durham.