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Age UK’s tribute to heroes.
Friday 8th August 2014 @ 09:23 by Anna Fletcher

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Age UK Tameside held an event to mark the centenary of the First World War on Monday.

Although members of the community were invited to attend, the event was kept personal as it was organised by service
users and staff and not open to the public.

Service users, staff and volunteers spent months organising the event which saw them knitting and crocheting poppies to make their own poppy tree, as well as a poppy wreath that can be seen as you walk through the door of the building on Katherine Street in Ashton.

Come November, the handmade poppies will be sold with money going to Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion.

A giant picture of War Horse was also made and hung for all to appreciate.

On the day there was a tombola and invited guests dropped by to read a poem to the group. Many  had been written by
service users themselves.

Inspector Emma Taylor and a representative from Help for Heroes, the Chair of Age UK as well as a veteran of the Cold War read poetry to their listeners.

However the event was not only remembering the fallen from the First World War but also about remembering the soldiers in wars since.

Team Leader for the Mental Health Day Services Joanne Hughes said: “It is a day of reflection, we’ve worked very hard to not make it a religious day, but to reflect on what’s
happened in the past and what’s going on now.

“One of the favourite parts was creating the tree. A lot of the service users were remembering families who’d died in the conflict in the Second World War and the Cold War especially as they were putting these poppies on the tree so that’s very special for us here.”

Terri Torevell, from Age UK added: “It’s been lovely watching them get interested in creating poppies and taking interest in the timeline.

“Some of the articles dotted around the day room are really interesting and we’ve got a beautiful display of poppies being hung from a branch, it’s been lovely and they’ve really
enjoyed getting involved.”