Striking waterfall of 8,000 poppies unveiled at former Wearside mining village

Project co-ordinator Anne Thomspon with the poppy waterfall at Easington Lane Community Access Point
Project co-ordinator Anne Thomspon with the poppy waterfall at Easington Lane Community Access Point
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A striking waterfall of poppies cascades at a village’s memorial garden as it honours its fallen.

Like many former mining communities, Easington Lane was left scarred by war and 186 young men never made it home from the two world wars.

This month, to mark the centenary of the first Armistice Day, Elcap in Brickgarth, which is housed in the former miners welfare, has unveiled a poppy waterfall.

It features 8,000 knitted and woven poppies which have been hand-made by people connected to the community. It stands alongside 186 wooden crosses in the garden which represent the names on the village’s war memorial.

Shaun Newton, centre co-ordinator at Elcap, said: “All the poppies have made by people living in Easington Lane, as well as the surrounding communities of Hetton and Seaham. We even have poppies sent by people now living in London and Ipswich who have family links to the area.

“People have been making the poppies since February. We only expected to have two and a half thousand but that target was hit by Easter so we made the waterfall bigger. Like many communities a fair chunk of the young men never came home to Easington Lane from the two wars and it’s so important to remember them.”

The poppies will be on display at Elcap for the duration of November.

The memorial garden at Elcap

The memorial garden at Elcap

The knitted poppies

The knitted poppies

The unveiling ceremony

The unveiling ceremony

Crosses in the memorial garden bear the names of the fallen

Crosses in the memorial garden bear the names of the fallen