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Village day centre’s wreath tribute

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By Lisa Barbour
Village day centre’s wreath tribute

A LASTING tribute to the fallen has been created by members of a village day centre just in time for Remembrance Sunday.

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM . . . Ecclefechan Day Centre manager Allison Menzies, left, and member Moira Shearer have created this permanent poppy wreath ahead of Remembrance Sunday

Allison Menzies, who is the manager of Ecclefechan Day Centre, has spent the last six weeks constructing a colourful poppy wreath at the entrance to the building.
And she has been assisted by many of the day centre users as she began the laborious task of glossing, painting and varnishing hundreds of stones before cementing them in place.
Delighted by the end result, which measures a metre-and-a-half round, Allison said: “I always like to do something for Remembrance Sunday and I woke up at 3 o’clock one
morning with the idea.
“I was wanting to do something with the tub outside as it only had a few shrubs in it and it came to me when I was lying in bed that we could make a poppy wreath.”
She added: “It has been really enjoyable to do and some of the members helped to paint the stones and everyone had an interest in how it was progressing.
“I’d like to think it will be in place for a number of years and we hope to also get a few more planters and then we will decide what to do with them.”
Allison is particularly thankful to all the day centre members that assisted her as well as Hoddacrete, L.I.P. Construction and Stuart Bryson for their kind donations of materials.

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