CHILDREN at a primary school are paying their own tribute to soldiers who died fighting for their country, including those from the region’s mining community.

As part of an ongoing link between Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association and Cestria Primary School, children in year two have made poppies which are now on display on railings at the association’s head office in Front Street, Chester-le-Street.

The children have been learning about why people wear poppies, in the run up to Remembrance Day on November 11.

Teacher Jayne Behenna said: “We value the links we make in the local community and the one we have established with DAMHA is particularly strong.

“The children have enjoyed learning about why we wear poppies and were delighted when we told them that they were going to be displayed outside DAMHA’s office.”

Helen Sinden, operations manager at DAHMA, who asked the school to make the poppies, said: “With Cestria Primary School being so close to our office, we have forged excellent links with them over the last few years.

“The poppies are lovely and are a fitting way to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country in wars.

“Many miners died fighting in the First and Second World War so for an organisation which provides affordable homes in coalfield communities, we couldn’t think of a better way to pay our respect this year.”