Local artist creates his own Remembrance Day tribute

A touching memorial left in Alexandra Park, Hastings on Remembrance Day
A touching memorial left in Alexandra Park, Hastings on Remembrance Day

A TALENTED young artist was so moved by the situation in Afghanistan and Iraq he created his own poignant Remembrance Day tribute.

Anthony Jane, 23, who is based in Hastings, commemorated all British troops killed in both conflicts by making 563 individual paper poppies with their names written on.

He attached them to garden twine then wrapped it round a tree at Alexandra Park close to the war memorial. Using acrylics, Anthony also painted a 3ft by 2ft canvas of a giant poppy featuring a poem he penned which read: “563 Poppies stand tall, heads above blades of grass.

“Come next season wilt though they may, they never truly go for on the day when mouths fall silent they stand rigid in a bloom of salute.”

Both were on full display during the Borough’s Act of Remembrance on Sunday.

Anthony now wants to auction the painting to raise funds for the Poppy appeal.

He said: “I just wanted to show what you can do with a few spare hours.

“I don’t think people pay enough respect to those who lost their lives. It did not take me long to do it.

“Most people now know someone who has been affected by the conflict. My cousin went to Iraq and I just wanted to do something to show that we really do care.”

If you would like to bid for the painting call Anthony on 01424 433556