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Volunteers carved a 90ft poppy onto a beach in a poignant tribute to the fallen ahead
of Remembrance Day.
Retired doctor and beach artist Claire Eason led the 30-strong team who used garden rakes to create the giant mural illuminated by a stunning sunset.
The group spent five hours painstakingly drawing the huge petals onto the sand at Beadnell Bay in Northumberland.
Before the tide washed their work away, the volunteers stood in the center of the poppy, known as the stigma, for a series of stunning overhead shots.
Claire hosted the event on Saturday (4/11) after a break in the weather allowed her and the volunteers to etch the design onto the sand.
She said: “I’d wanted to do something big to mark Remembrance Day and I appealed for volunteers to help.
“The response was marvelous but the only thing letting us down was the weather.
“Every day we were going to do it the weather was awful but luckily we got a break and we seized our chance.
“The final design looked amazing and as tide was starting to wash it away there was the most beautiful sunset.
“It was a unique experience and I am delighted and so grateful to the efforts of the volunteers.”
Claire mapped out the poppy design on her computer and then used stakes and string to form a grid on the beach to bring her design to life.
A time lapse video shows the volunteers sketching the petals in a concentric design while racing against the incoming tide.
Claire, 59, added: “The design only lasts until the next high tide, but it is all about enjoying the experience and taking some pictures, which you have forever.
“It’s also very poignant because the sense of things being impermanent reflect how fragile life is.”
Remembrance Day is also known as Poppy Day owing to the tradition of wearing a red poppy to honor soldiers who died in the line of duty – a tradition inaugurated by King George V in 1919.
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