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Date published: 26th October 2018

Three 6-foot tall Tommy silhouettes have been installed on land belonging to North Norfolk District Council as part of the centenary commemorations of the end of World War One.

North Norfolk District Council’s Cromer office has become home to two of the silhouettes, which have been created as part of the “There But Not There” 2018 Armistice project for the charity Remembered.

The project is described as being 'the defining centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-18 war' and aims to commemorate, educate and heal.

By purchasing the three Tommies, NNDC has helped fund such veterans’ charities as; The Royal Foundation’s Armed Forces Programmes, Help for Heroes, The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation and many more. 

The life-sized Tommy figures will stand alongside the existing 'Poppies in Steel' metallic sculpture installed in 2015 to commemorate the centenary of World War One.

A third Tommy shall be erected in Holt Country Park in the coming days. A fourth, smaller, 30 centimetre Tommy has been installed in NNDC’s main reception.  

A service of remembrance for staff and elected members will be held to officially dedicate the Tommies on 9th November.

North Norfolk District Council is also marking the Armistice centenary by giving packets of Flanders poppy seeds to local organisations including Town and Parish Councils, schools and care homes in North Norfolk. The organisations are being invited to sow the poppy seeds as a symbol of remembrance and respect for all those whose lives have been impacted by war.   Once sown the number of poppies should increase year on year and will provide an annual glorious display of colour and a visible lasting legacy across North Norfolk. 

Cllr Nicholas Coppack, Chairman of NNDC, said: “Although this year marks the hundredth anniversary of the armistice we must never forget the sacrifices, not just from our service personnel but the millions of civilians who died during the last dreadful two World Wars. We will continue to remember them. These poignant statues are a permanent reminder of the loss.”

Last updated: 26th October 2018