CHURCHES across Spennymoor are preparing to mark the centenary of the end of World War One with a poignant display of silhouette soldiers.

Ten statues are being placed in churches throughout the town in readiness for Remembrance Sunday as a timely reminder of the human cost of war.

They will be commissioned at a special service at St Paul’s Church on Thursday, at 7pm, and will be positioned amongst the congregation for the event.

The statues will then be moved to churches of all denominations across the town as the nation prepares to honour its war dead and mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

The silhouettes have been funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, which makes awards to bring communities together to remember and to think about the Armed Forces today.

The Revd Matt Tarling, vicar of St Paul’s in Spennymoor, said: “As a group of churches we wanted to honour those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in war and in this centenary year of the guns falling silent in World War One, the silhouette soldiers initiative felt the most appropriate.”