Cardboard soldiers crafted by local people will create a ‘trail’ across Hambleton to mark the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War 1.
The 100 soldiers – one for every year – will be placed in groups of 20 in the district’s five market towns. And they will be decorated by local groups of children and young people.
The trail is one of two art installations being planned by Hambleton District Council to mark the centenary – a piece of artwork will also be commissioned to display at the Civic Centre in Northallerton. Artists have already been asked for their ideas – which include suggestions for a wicker plane incorporating the iconic poppy.
“This is a very exciting art project which will mark an important centenary for our country,” said Cabinet spokesperson, Councillor Bridget Fortune.
“The soldiers will be decorated by local people and then placed in our towns – Northallerton, Thirsk, Bedale, Easingwold and Stokesley – in shops, businesses, community venues. Each will incorporate a letter and local people will be set the challenge of finding the 20 letters in each town and unscrambling the anagram they create. They can then submit their entry into a prize draw.
“I am looking forward to getting involved in the decorating process and then seeing them all march out across Hambleton.”
The initiatives were approved by members of the council’s Cabinet today (Sept 4).