A hand knitted poppy display has been crafted at a Shotwick church in honour of local soldiers who gave their lives during the First and Second World Wars.
Almost 300 handmade poppies decorate the arch and gates at the entrance of St Michael’s Church in Shotwick as part of a Remembrance Day memorial.
Graves belonging to soldiers killed at RAF Sealand during the Great War are located in a quiet corner of St Michael’s churchyard at the medieval church.
The artwork, crafted by members and friends of the congregation, was created to commemorate the fallen soldiers from the parish of Shotwick and those buried on the grounds.
Vanessa Stevens, a member of St Michael’s Church and of the Parochial Church Council, said ideas for the memorial were inspired by last year’s hand knitted poppy display in Neston.
She said: “It was decided that we would like to create a similar display at St Michael’s Church in remembrance of those who gave their lives for us in the two world wars and other conflicts.
“A pattern for the poppies appeared in our newsletter in August and since then members of our congregation and friends have knitted nearly 300 poppies.
“Five men from the parish of Shotwick were killed in the First World War and one in the Second World War.
“In addition nine airmen from other countries who were killed in accidents between April and November 1918 at RAF Sealand are buried in the churchyard.
“These poppies have been used to decorate the arch and the gates at the entrance to the church and the church itself, which, incidentally is open to visitors every day.
“I’m extremely pleased with it and I think it looks even better than we all imagined.
“With the beautiful blue sky in the background, it looks fantastic.”
It is hoped the artwork of poppies will be on display until the New Year.
A display featuring the remaining poppies which haven’t been placed outside is available inside the church.
A remembrance service will be held at St Michael’s at 10.50am on Sunday, November 13.