Haunting ‘Tommy’ is a reminder of our fallen

Senior townwarden, John Southerington (right) and Melton Town Estate trustee, Ian Wilkinson, with the striking new 'Tommy' silhouette installed at the memorial gardends to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War EMN-180913-161323001
Senior townwarden, John Southerington (right) and Melton Town Estate trustee, Ian Wilkinson, with the striking new 'Tommy' silhouette installed at the memorial gardends to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War EMN-180913-161323001
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Senior townwarden, John Southerington, and town estate trustee, Ian Wilkinson with the striking new ‘Tommy’ silhouette in Melton

Melton Town Estate has set up a life-size silhouette of a British ‘Tommy’ to represent troops from the town who gave their lives in the conflict.

The enscription at the base of the striking new 'Tommy' silhouette installed at the Memorial Gardens in Melton to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War EMN-180913-161355001

The enscription at the base of the striking new 'Tommy' silhouette installed at the Memorial Gardens in Melton to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War EMN-180913-161355001

A poppy has been placed on the striking 6ft-tall silhouette ahead of the annual Royal British Legion poppy appeal in the town.

Senior townwarden, John Southerington, said: “We thought it would be a good tribute to the fallen and it’s been placed in a position where people can see it from the Lady Wilton Bridge on Leicester Road.”

The silhouettes are being displayed throughout the country as part of the ‘There But Not There’ Armistice campaign.