"Peace and Remembrance Wall" created at Bainbridge

Darlington and Stockton Times: David Pointon at work on one of the giant poppies. David Pointon at work on one of the giant poppies.

PEOPLE in the Yorkshire Dales are being given the chance to express their attitudes towards war and peace.

A special Peace and Remembrance Wall will be started at the Bainbridge Quaker Meeting House on March 1.

And at 10.30am that day two 4ft diameter poppies, one red and one white, will be placed on the railings outside. They were created at Gayle Mill by David Pointon, a member of the Bainbridge Quaker Meeting.

The idea behind the wall is to give people the opportunity to make their individual remembrances and expressions of their attitudes towards war and peace.

They can post their own comments, as well as decorating the wall with ribbons or poppies from the last Remembrance Day.

Inside the Meeting House there will be displays which will be developing in the coming months illustrating local involvement in the World Wars, as well as the Quaker views on peace and the work of the Friends Ambulance Unit.

The Bainbridge Quaker Meeting has its own special link with the FAU as local man John Leyland was one of the 96 volunteers with the unit to be awarded the Croix de Guerre for continuing to work when under fire along the Western Front during the First World War.

His son, Peter, served with the FAU in China in the Second World War.

The Meeting House will be open from 10.30am to 12.30pm each Wednesday when materials will be available for posting messages on the wall and Friends will be there to answer questions and chat.

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