Children at a local primary school are paying their own tribute to soldiers who died fighting for their country, including those from the region’s mining community.

As part of an ongoing link between Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association (DAMHA) and Cestria Primary School, children in year 2 have made poppies which are now on display on railings at the association’s head office in Front Street, Chester-le-Street.

The children have been learning about why people wear poppies, in the run up to Remembrance Day on 11th November.

DAMHA Operations Manager Helen Sinden, who asked the school to make the poppies, said: “With Cestria Primary School being so close to our office, we have forged excellent links with them over the last few years.

“Whether it’s inviting them to sing at our annual residents’ forum or even designing a logo to mark our 120th anniversary, the children never fail to impress us.

“So, when we were thinking of ways to mark Remembrance Day this year, we knew exactly who to turn do, and they have definitely excelled again.

“The poppies are lovely and are a fitting way to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country in wars.

“Many miners died fighting in the First and Second World War so for an organisation which provides affordable homes in coalfield communities, we couldn’t think of a better way to pay our respect this year.”

Cestria Year 2 Teacher Jayne Behenna said: “We value the links we make in the local community and the one we have established with DAMHA is particularly strong.

“The children have enjoyed learning about why we wear poppies and were delighted when we told them that they were going to be displayed outside DAMHA’s office.

“They are now looking forward to singing Christmas carols again at DAMHA’s residents’ forum in December.”