Hebburn community decorates cemetery with thousands of poppies for Remembrance Day
Volunteers have come together to decorate Hebburn Cemetery with thousands of poppies in honour of Remembrance Day.
The Friends of Hebburn Cemetery, and members of the local community, have covered the grounds with more 13,000 poppies in respect of the fallen.
Hours of voluntary work have gone into decorating the cemetery with the handmade poppies, plus a heart made of blue poppies to applaud the NHS for their hard work during the Covid-19 pandemic.
John Stewart, who runs the volunteer group, said: “It looks beautiful, everyone has worked so hard and it’s lovely to see the community come together.
"People have been hand-making these poppies during the last lockdown, it’s a massive community thing – particularly as we can’t have any Remembrance service this year, it still brings people together.”
The poppies are all knitted, crocheted or made of plastic and are on display throughout the cemetery grounds.
John continued: “It’s important to remember those who gave their all for us and this is a way of showing our respects.
"We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for those heroes and it’s a great way to get involved with the community.”
The display will be on show at the cemetery over the Remembrance period to honour members of the armed forces.
John added: “We have even had people wanting to start on poppies for next year!
"This year has been really tough and we just wanted to showcase everyone’s hard work – it looks fantastic.”