Vale Primary School children have helped to create a First World War memorial by painting poppies onto plywood boards that will be displayed along Vale Avenue. The boards will be put up on Friday 1 August and the opening will be attended by Eric Le Quesne, Island President of the Royal British Legion.
Denise Cohu originally came up with the idea, as she wanted to organise the art project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War.
The boards will be attached to scaffolding surrounding four houses owned by Guernsey Electricity which are currently empty and awaiting development. The plywood boards and red paint for the poppies were kindly been donated by Norman Piette.
Ms Cohu said: “Commemorating the First World War is very important. 100 years is a long time but it is important not to forget the sacrifices made, including the lives of islanders who fought in the conflict.
“I wanted to get a school involved and having seen the scaffolded area on the Bridge thought it would be the perfect location to have a display as it needed brightening up. Both Guernsey Electricity and Norman Piette have been very supportive, as of course were the children at Vale Primary School!”
Alan Bates, managing director at Guernsey Electricity, said: “We are very pleased that Nigel was able to come and officially unveil the memorial. A lot of hard work has gone into it by the children at Vale Primary and as well as being a memorial it will brighten up the front of the properties. All credit must go to Denise for doing a fabulous job of organising the display.”
Eric Le Quesne said: “It is important to remember WW1 and this memorial is an excellent tribute to those who lost their lives. It is a great project and I am grateful to Denise and Guernsey Electricity for making it possible. Despite the serious nature of a memorial I think the boards look very nice. I hope everyone will enjoy looking at the bright poppies as much as I will.”