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Brentwood funeral directors create eye-catching window displays as tribute to fallen servicemen and women during First World War

PUBLISHED: 17:30 13 November 2018

Facilities manager at Bennetts Funerals Directors and Undertakers Tina Linger by the Remembrance window display. Picture: Wendy Pike

Facilities manager at Bennetts Funerals Directors and Undertakers Tina Linger by the Remembrance window display. Picture: Wendy Pike

Wendy Pike

To remember and honour the fallen servicemen and women who died in conflict and to mark the centenary anniversary of Armistice Day, staff at a funeral directors dressed their High Street windows as a tribute.

The Remembrance window display at Bennetts Funerals Directors and Undertakers in High Street, Brentwood. Picture: Wendy PikeThe Remembrance window display at Bennetts Funerals Directors and Undertakers in High Street, Brentwood. Picture: Wendy Pike

Facilities manager at Bennetts Funerals Directors and Undertakers in High Street, Brentwood, Tina Linger, put together the display featuring a model Second World War Spitfire, helmet, army boots and wooden ammunition boxes with help from the rest of the team.

The Bentwood Belles WI also supplied a hand-knitted poppy wreath and dozens of single knitted poppies for the display.

The floral cross which contains red roses and gerberas was made by The Little Florist on Warley Hill and the material used for the backdrop came from Geoff’s Remnants Shop in Kings Road.

Royal British Legion poppies and wooden poppy crosses complete the design along with a teddy bear dressed in army uniform.

At the company’s Billericay office, Lucienne Hunt designed the Remembrance themed window which includes an army uniform and a poppy-covered skirt.

Tina said: “It certainly gives you inspiration to do the window when people come in and say they had to stop and acknowledge the window, how lovely it looks.

“It’s quite a job and a big responsibility, especially for the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War but well worth doing.”

Over the weekend, members of Bennetts Funerals staff laid Remembrance poppy wreaths and took part in services and parades in both Brentwood and Billericay as well as Ingatestone, Doddinghurst, and Blackmore.

Bennetts Funerals has also placed a commemorative wreath at Shenfield Rail Station War Memorial.

The memorial, which was refurbished recently with help from Bennetts, was installed by The Great Eastern Railway in 1921 in memory of the five staff who worked at the station and who gave their lives during the war.

Managing director Jane Bennett said: “We feel that because we have always taken part in Remembrance Day, it is especially important in this centenary year that we have a presence in the areas in which we are proud to work.

“There is so much interest in this year’s Armistice Day because of the special anniversary.

“It’s good to see the community really getting involved.

“Lots of people have made an extra effort with decorations in local churches.

“I like to feel we’re doing our bit too.”

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