Villagers are hoping to creat a beautiful remembrance display again this year - and organisers are asking residents to help by donating plastic bottles.

David De Souza, 47, the main organiser behind the beautiful waterfall and arch display in Stoneclough which is put up each year to pay tribute to those in the armed forces on Remembrance Day.

Villagers say people travel from across the country to take a look at the memorial display and as it approaches Remembrance Day, David is asking residents to donate bottles which will be used to make poppies.

He said: “This will be the third year for the poppy waterfall and arch and the second year for candlelight of remembrance.

“Old Ringley Bridge is an historic monument and it’s setting was absolutely perfect for my poppy waterfall project; the inspiration originally came from the poppy waterfall at the Tower of London.

“The display will hopefully be up the weekend of November 4 and people from all walks of life being young or old can get involved by simply just saving their plastic round bottles, like water bottles.

“They can drop them at the drop off point which is the bins at the side of the Horseshoe pub which is next to the bridge.”

David said people react to the display in different ways - some tear up and some can’t even speak a word.

He said: “The reaction every year ranges from people shedding a tear at its pure beauty to some having no words at all.

“We have had people travel from as high as Scotland to South Wales.

“People show support because of what it means, a simple plastic bottle painted red and attached to a net provides an amazing display and people just feel compelled to get involved and in doing so help to remember the fallen, that’s something to be proud about.”

Residents in the area join together each year for a Remembrance service on the bridge at 11am on November 11 and then in the evening they hold a candlelight of remembrance on the bridge where the names of the fallen are read out and a candle, a battery tea light, is placed down.

Bottles can be donated by putting them in the bins at the wide of the Horseshoe Pub.

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