Youngsters at a city school are paying their own tribute to fallen heroes.
For the fifth year, the youngsters at Broadway Junior School have created their own poppy field in remembrance of the country’s war dead.
As well as being a poignant tribute, the school field full of poppy crosses also raises funds for the Royal British Legion.
Margarita Acklam, headteacher at the Springwell Road school, said they have always supported Remembrance Day and the Field of Remembrance has become very popular both within the school and the local community.
She said: “We always get about 300 wooden crosses from the Royal British Legion and the children and staff write their own messages onto them.
“We now have members of the public who come into the school each year to buy and cross and place it in our field.”
It is amazing really to read some of the messages.Margarita Acklam
This year the children have been working closely with the residents and staff at nearby Sycamore Lodge Residential Home.
Mrs Acklam said: “The children took a batch of crosses up to the home for the residents to write their messages on and they will be placed in the field as well.
“They are always keen to take part in event and write some very heartfelt messages on their crosses.
“It is amazing really to read some of the messages the children write. One of the youngsters put ‘thank you for giving your life, so we could have ours’, which is lovely coming from a child.”
Staff and children at Broadway Junior School have always done something special each year to mark Remembrance Day, including once creating a giant poppy out of red handprints.
If anyone would like to place a cross in the field they can contact the school on 0191 553 5980.