Welcome to Poppy Road: Residents pay First World War tribute - PICTURES and VIDEO
A street has transformed itself into ‘Poppy Road’ with tens of thousands of decorations to commemorate the end of the First World War.
Almost 100 houses on Station Road in Aldridge have been proudly transformed with 24,000 red poppies and statues of soldiers as a tribute to those who lost their lives in the Great War.
Incredible footage showing the journey down the road, which was home to 56 serving First World War soldiers, 16 of whom died, reveals the scope of the decorations.
WATCH: 'Poppy Road' pay tribute to the fallen
Some homes are displaying black silhouettes of soldiers, which symbolise the loss of a soldier from that house while others have posters indicating there was a person living in that house who served in the war.
Pensioner Geoff Talbot, aged 74, was one of those who decorated his home and said the tradition has been in place for decades.
He said: “We were doing this on Remembrance Day since I was a child. It is the perfect way to do something special for all the people who lost their lives in the Great War.
“Lots of people have put a lot of effort to do this - we have a very nice community here. In those days Aldridge was only a village, but a lot of local young men left and never came back. It is an absolutely nice way to do a tribute for them.”
PICTURES showcasing the display
Aldridge Great War Project and Aldridge Local History Society have organised together the community project, working with hundreds of individuals and businesses.
Station Road was chosen to represent the whole village as it was from here that people used to take the train to go to war. The station was also used as a place where the sick were taken before being transferred to the military hospitals of the area.
Sue Satterthwaite, Chairman of Aldridge Great War Project, said: “The only thing that we can do for the wartime generation is to remember what they did. Hundreds of people have done that in a really tangible way by creating poppies to be displayed in Station Road or, in the case of businesses, donating their time and expertise to make the project possible.
“The project would not have happened without them and they should all be very proud of what has been achieved. The support we have had has been truly inspiring.”
In total almost 80 houses have taken part in the community project.
West Midlands Mayor Andy Street and MP for Aldridge-Brownhills Wendy Morton both visited Poppy Road to view the display. “Terrific local community project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War,” said the MP.