Sculptures commemorate First World War

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Gardens were transformed in a Northumberland village in commemoration of the First World War.

A garden sculpture competition was introduced by the Ulgham Village Association in 2010 to bring fresh enthusiasm to the community’s annual garden contest.

Ulgham WI member Eunice Cockburn takes alook at `The War Horse `at the Steadings Ulgham

Ulgham WI member Eunice Cockburn takes alook at `The War Horse `at the Steadings Ulgham

It proved such a success that it has become a regular fixture in the calendar, and this year, the association decided to use the event to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First 
World War.

Seventeen displays were put up and St John’s Church acted as the hub, with refreshments and maps of the sculpture locations available. Visitors and locals were asked to choose their three favourite displays to determine the winners.

Association Chairman Helen Dunn said: “In 2010 we decided to do something different with our garden competition and the idea came for a sculpture competition. It was really enjoyable and it gave the church the chance to do some fund-raising.

“We did it again in 2011 and in 2012 we adopted a Jubilee and Olympic theme, which went down really well. There were sculptures of the Queen, including one of her pole-vaulting. We then decided to do it every second year, because it does take quite a bit of work and organising.

“We couldn’t ignore the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War when it came to this year’s theme and it has been really good. A lot of people went around the village to see the sculptures.”

The winner was We Will Remember Them by Barbara and Keith Crocker, with the WI’s Women In World War I display a close second and In The Kitchen by Lisa Chriton and Jean Oswell third.