Artist paints poppy tribute

Poppies decorate the window of Westgate Books shop, by Ash Hanlon in her Remembrance day tribute. EMN-150311-140928001
Poppies decorate the window of Westgate Books shop, by Ash Hanlon in her Remembrance day tribute. EMN-150311-140928001

A Sleaford craftswoman has created her own tribute for Remembrance Day, by painting poppies on shop windows around the town.

Ash Hanlon of West Banks, is a pottery painter and works with felt, beads and origami, but came up with the idea of decorating the window of the Pottery Painting Cafe in Westgate, where she works part-time, with 80 poppies, to represent the eight million horses that died in the First World War.

After putting the word out on Facebook she has been bowled over by the reponse from enthusiastic shopkeepers.

Ash said: “So far I’ve done six shops and 285 poppies, but I’m working down a fairly long list of shops around Sleaford so the final total should be a little bit crazy.

“I’m going to do as many as I can manage. I’ve got two more hairdressers and a nail salon left to do on Westgate then another 13 or 14 around the town.”

Each window is being decorated with a slogan beneath explaining a significant fact. On the pet shop, there are 70 poppies, each representing 100 dogs that were trained to serve in the trenches and The Hutch shop has a message about carrier pigeons in both wars as the owner breeds racing pigeons. Ash’s final window will probably be completed on Friday.