Paratrooper tribute at heart of Maltby remembrance display

By Michael Upton | 08/11/2019

Paratrooper tribute at heart of Maltby remembrance display

AN EYE-catching new remembrance feature gives thanks for the bravery of our airborne war heroes.

The paratrooper figure in Maltby’s memorial garden was created by Maltby British Legion and an unnamed artist after a public appeal for bottle tops, which stud the body of the sculpture in the village’s memorial garden.

Decorated with hand-made poppies and making us of an original military parachute, the unusual memorial is part of a village-wide remembrance display which also includes poppies on lampposts and a poppy cascade at the Queen’s Hotel.

Claire Mallory, secretary of the Royal British Legion’s Maltby branch, said: “Maltby has once again been decorated in poppies. 

“Every single poppy has kindly been donated and beautifully made by the lovely people of Maltby and surrounding areas.

“The display in the Remembrance garden has been created from a plea that was put out on the Facebook page where we asked for bottle tops. Once again the public have supported us by dropping off bottle tops which is how our parachute figure has been made.”

She added: “We work tirelessly throughout the year and especially during the Poppy Appeal and remembrance period.

“Two years ago, the branch faced closure but we have saved it and it is going from strength to strength.”


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