Armistice 100: Moving tributes from Leeds primary pupils and paper cranes to symbolise peace

Pictured pupils Oliver Normanton and Abigail Barker.
Pictured pupils Oliver Normanton and Abigail Barker.
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Unique tributes have been created to honour those who lost their lives in battle.

At Ireland Wood Primary School, every pupil created a poppy installation, with Year 6 students all creating painted poppy pebbles.

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In total, 18 of these bear the names of a soldier who lost their life from the Adel and Eccup area.

“It’s difficult for children to understand the sheer scale of war,” said Adrienne Amos, Year 6 leader. “When we brought it down to local lads, researching them and the streets they lived on, it brought it home. This made it real to them and echoes hugely with the idea they will remember them.”

In Pool-in-Wharfedale, meanwhile, the congregation at St Wilfrid’s Church are creating 1,000 paper cranes. The idea came from a meeting between priest David Wheeler and an American-Japanese priest, Revd Prof Jim Kodera, whose fathers had served on opposite sides of the Second World War.

The cranes represent the Japanese story of Sadako, and symbolise the idea of peace and accord.