A stunning sculpture has been unveiled at St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury.

The Royal British Legion’s Shropshire Poppy Appeal and St Chad’s Church have been working with two local artists, Lyn Evans and Nik Burns to mark the centenary of the First World War. The collaboration also included Martin Phillips of Heritage Schools and children from 81 primary schools in Shropshire, and Telford & Wrekin.

Torn paper artist Lyn Evans and metal work artist Nik Burns were tasked with finding a way to mark the Centenary in a way which reflects Shropshire. Primary schools in the County were called upon to write the names of the fallen from their local parish. The names were gathered from the Shropshire Roll of Honour, which was compiled by two local amateur military historians, Neil Evans and Phil Morris. Lyn and Nik wanted to make the next generation truly part of this project and connect them to their past and Shropshire’s history.

Every man and woman listed in this Roll of Honour is being remembered in a service at St Chad’s in the week of the 100th anniversary of their death. This one off sculpture will give a poignant backdrop to these services and will stand as a lasting legacy to the 5,286 lives lost from Shropshire during the First World War. The sculpture is free to view, and will be located at St Chad’s Church until August, after which it will be on tour throughout the county before returning back to St Chad’s in June 2019.