A COMMUNITY is coming together to remember the men who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War.

Brian Wilson, 71, from Tantobie, near Stanley, has recorded biographies of over 1,200 men from the area in a book he has compiled called Casualties of the Great War: Stanley and District.

It has formed the basis of a display at Tantobie Community Centre, which will be open to the public on Wednesday and Thursday from 4pm-6pm.

The former accountant began his research in February 2014 and finished it last week ahead of the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice.

Poppies have been knitted, crocheted and made from paper to form a display organised by Rosemary Black and designed by Joan Van Hove.

A willow circle and dove, at the top of the work, was created by Jane Gifford, while biographies of the men who lives who were lost in the mists of time hang below.

Durham County Councillor Olga Milburn, who has helped with the exhibition, said: “We thought it would be a good idea to put something together and the poppies have been made by people from this area. It is important to remember the past and we wanted to do this as a village.”