Editor's comment: Alan's amazing war memorial in his garden
PUBLISHED: 08:00 10 November 2018
The story that warmed my heart most this week is that of pensioner Alan Whitehead who has created his own, amazing, war memorial
It seems to be increasingly popular in Havering for people to use their gardens to create their own seasonal attractions.
For several years families have festooned the outside of their homes with fairy lights at Christmas, fashioned a grotto and collected money for charities.
This Halloween several people in Collier Row created themed attractions in their gardens and invited members of the public to have fun and give a donation to a good cause.
Now Alan has used his carpentry skills to build a memorial featuring 900 poppies and plaques giving imformation about the number of people of all nationalities who died during the First World War.
He is using it as a way to raise awareness of the War Memorials Trust which collects money to repair the thousands of permanent war memorials around the UK, many of which are in a very bad condition.
What a perfect way to pay his own tribute to the fallen, educate passers-by about the First World War and help such a worthy cause.
Alan is showing the sort of spirit and caring for others that was shown by those who fought two world wars for us.
So well done to him.
Recorder reporters will be at a number of Remembrance services in Havering on Sunday so see our website for pictures and stories from the events, and we’ll cover as many as possible in next week’s issue. Feel free to send in your own pictures from the services to me, firstname.lastname@example.org or via iwitness24.co.uk.