Clay soldiers on the march

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Youngsters from SPEADA are taking on a huge art project to commemorate the First World War.

The group, a youth charity based at Lynn’s Providence Street Community Centre, are calling on suppporters of all ages to join them in producing 569 clay Tommy soldiers to represent the gallant Fallen on the Lynn war memorial. The project is funded by the Norfolk Community Foundation in partnership with community arts organiser Culture Quay. Workshops will be held every Friday until July 4, and they have already reached the halfway point with 300 soldiers in a pre-kiln state.

The collection of soldiers will be exhibited at All Saints Church, in Hillington Square, from July before moving to Hanse House in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday. Organisers hope to create a mini-tour or march or other exhibitions.

West Norfolk mayor Barry Ayres, and his wife, Christine, are promoting the project in their roles as SPEADA patrons.