THE sacrifices of a community's fallen soldiers will be commemorated with a special project to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War this month.

Young and old alike have come together in Ingleton, County Durham, to create a unique piece of artwork which involved villagers, volunteers, community groups and children from Ingleton CofE Primary School.

The group have been collaborating with Julia Dunn, education co-ordinator at The Bowes Museum, in Barnard Castle, to create a canvas depicting French fields with the Battle of the Somme in the background.

Ms Dunn also helped the group run two inter-generational wet felt poppy making workshop’s in September and October, one for villagers and one for the schoolchildren, which provided the wet felt poppies used to decorate the canvas.

Sandra Parrett, who has organised the project, said: "We are extremely grateful to Julia and the Bowes Museum for assisting us with this initiative."

Ms Parrett said the canvas is still a work in progress but will be mounted by volunteers to form the centrepiece of the village's Armistice Centenary Commemoration Event, which will take place at Ingleton Village Hall on Sunday, November 11, at 11.45am.

Homemade cakes, beverages and soft drinks will be served while The Dalesider’s Folk Group will be playing live music from the era. Children and villagers will also be reading poetry they have written and some by the soldier poets of the war as well as some statistics to "remind us all of the great sacrifice which was made by all our young men, women, horses, mules and donkeys in the Great War".

Those from the village who died, whose names appear on the Roll of Honour in St. John’s Church, Ingleton and on the Roll of Honour held by Bowes Museum, will also be remembered by placing their names around the walls of the village hall while the children have designed posters which will also be displayed.

The new Peter Jackson film They Shall Not Grow Old will be played while Andrew Motion will read his new poem Armistice.

All the young people will also be gifted a Royal British Legion wristband bracelet as a memento of the Armistice Centenary.

Mrs Parrett added: "Everyone is welcome to come to Ingleton Village Hall and share the occasion with us and we are happy if anyone who attends wishes to give a reading or recite a poem to please do so.

"This day is not only joyous as it signalled the ending of the harshest of hostilities but is spiritual and thought provoking and we are particularly keen that people feel free to make their own contribution."

Ingleton CofE Primary School headteacher, Karen Whitaker, said: "We are delighted to be a part of this fabulous event. The children have loved learning about the First World War and particularly enjoyed the wet felt workshop making poppies for the canvas with Julia from The Bowes Museum.

"We would like to thank the Ingleton community for allowing us to be a part of this momentous occasion and look forward to celebrating it together on the day."