PEOPLE are flocking to see a Remembrance Day tribute by a group of residents renowned for the elaborate displays outside their homes.

People living in the Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association (DAMHA) properties at Bearpark, near Durham, have described the display as their “best yet”.

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And its little wonder when you look at the work which has gone into the display which stretches across the communal gardens facing onto Woodland Road.

This includes over 1,500 crocheted poppies made by resident Brenda Morgan, wooden crosses commemorating the millions of people who have died fighting for their country, ‘dummies’ of soldiers, a nurse and a school child from the war and various flags and models of a battleship and a statue of ‘Tommy’.

Eileen Thompson, who organises the coordinates the displays, said: “We all agree that this is the best one we have done yet and it couldn’t be more fitting that it is for Remembrance Day.

“We all have parents, grandparents and other relatives who either fought in the First and Second World War, or experienced it in other ways, so it was nice to be able pay our own tribute in this way.

“We have had thousands of likes on various local Facebook pages and many people beep their horns as they drive past, so it’s certainly proving very popular.”

The 12 residents who live in the aged miners’ homes were brought together during the various Covid-19 lockdowns, doing everything from celebrating events such as VE Day and St George’s Day through to playing outdoor bingo, having al-fresco socially distanced meals, and celebrating each other’s birthdays.

But it is the various ways they have decorated the outside of their homes and the displays they have put together in their communal gardens over the last 18 months which has attracted the attention of much wider audience, with people in Bearpark and further afield coming to see them.

After the Remembrance Day display, the next thing to look out for at Bearpark will be the Christmas lights display.

Paul Mullis, DAMHA Chief Executive, said: “The residents at Bearpark never cease to amaze us with their creativity and amazing community spirit and the Remembrance Day display certainly is very special.”

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