21st Sep, 2019

Veterans paint stones to mark centenary of the end of First World War

Sarah Mason 9th Nov, 2018

VETERANS at The Royal Star And Garter Home in Solihull have painted poppies on 100 pebbles to mark the Armistice centenary.

The pebbles have been placed at Tudor Grange Park by the residents to comemmorate 100 years since the end of the First World War.

They painted stones in line with film director Danny Boyle’s Pages of the Sea project, where portraits of those who served in the four-year conflict are being drawn on the sand at beaches, before being washed away by the sea.

Charlie Wilson, activity and volunteer manager at the Solihull homes, said: “It wasn’t practical to get our residents to one of the Pages of the Sea beaches, so we painted these pebbles in a bid to bring the project to the Home.

“The residents were really keen to take part and use this as a way to mark a special Armistice Day.”

In the days leading up to Armistice Day, residents at the Monkspath Hall Road home have been watching a series of films and documentaries marking the end of the First World War.

Some residents have also visited the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

On Sunday (November 11), representatives from the Home will attend the local Remembrance service in Solihull, while a separate service will take place at the Home featuring a standard bearer, bugler, pianist and two-minute silence.

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