Armistice 100: Sunderland church filled with more than 20,000 poppies

More than 20,000 poppies have filled a church in Penshaw to remember the soldiers from the Durham Light Infantry who lost their lives in the First World War.

Friday, 9th November 2018, 3:14 pm
Updated Monday, 12th November 2018, 12:47 pm
There are more than 20,000 poppies in the church

Members of the church at Our Lady Queen of Peace, in Penshaw, first hoped to craft 13,000 poppies - the number of 13,000 handmade poppies to represent the 13,000 soldiers of County Durham who lost their life in the war.

But due to an overwhelming response, there are currently 20,045 poppies decorating the church in a stunning installation piece.

There are more than 20,000 poppies in the church

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Parishioners have been busy knitting, sewing, crocheting, cutting, sticking, gluing and sculpting poppies since May.

The name of everyone in the Durham Light Infantry has been written on the pews of the church.

The displays is open to the public for limited hours until November 18.

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Team organiser Eddie Ashburner among the poppies
Reading the names of soldiers on the end of the pews
A waterfall of poppies