STUDENTS and staff at Peterlee's Dene Academy marked Armistice Day by adorning a wire statue of a soldier Tommy with hundreds of red poppies.

Teacher Rochelle Charlton-Laine, who is head of the school’s Social Moral and Spiritual Aspects (SMSA) of learning, said: “The soldier is our way of reminding all the fallen. We are also doing it to support a local group from the Seaham and Peterlee which held a 24-hour vigil at the Seaham war memorial.

“That event, organised by David McKenna, had individual soldiers rotating on sentry for 24 hours over the weekend.

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“Their GoFundMe page called Stag on in Remembrance has raised more than £2,600 for the British Legion.

“Our soldier will remainn on Stag - British Army slang for sentry duty - outside the school."

About 630 pupils and staff made about 700 poppies for the statue.

During the day they went out one-by-one to pay their respects and put their poppy up.

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