Paint a poppy to remember the fallen in Sunderland

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A PROJECT which saw scores of people across the city pick up a paintbrush to paint a poppy will finish next week.

For the past year, artist Ian Potts has been teaching watercolour painting throughout the city using a poppy motif.

The students have ranged in age and abilities, from serious club painters to those who had never picked up a paintbrush before, from primary school pupils to care home residents.

The project will end on Tuesday, Armistice Day, with a two-minute’s silence at St Aidan’s School.

Ian will also collate all the images to create a giant poppy installation.

Ian said: “The aim of the project was to involve the people of Sunderland in the creation of a body of artwork, to be made at various venues throughout the city by teaching them to Paint A Poppy.”

Highlights of the project have included a workshop at Roker bandstand to create a carpet of poppies on August 4, 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. The final workshop will take place tomorrow at Bede Tower, Ashbrooke, from 10.30am to 2.30pm, and will feature a range of displays.

l Anyone who would like to contribute to the project can email Ian at paintapoppy@.outlook.com.