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During this season of Remembrance, an idea from a Lancashire parish has taken off on social media as it coordinates an unusual response to this year’s covid-disrupted commemorations.  

Across the county many of the usual Remembrance events have been massively scaled back or cancelled due to the pandemic. The usual parish church services are also unable to take place.

In light of this St Michael’s on Wyre Parish, including the local primary school, has been encouraging parishioners to help create a special and unique display of painted ‘Remembrance pebbles’.

The church’s licensed lay minister, Karen Ball, first floated her idea of Remembrance pebbles on the Church’s Facebook page and, with the help of churchwarden Sharon Stewart, the initiative has since gone viral!

Said Karen: “It was an idea I picked up from a friend, who had spotted it elsewhere. A number of people, including me, have since set to work painting pebbles with poppies and hiding them in open view around the village.

“Children from our village primary school have also got involved and have produced pebbles to place around our community.

“As the main Remembrance parades are cancelled this year, children and adults have been able to paint a poppy on a pebble and add the name of one of those from the village and surrounding area who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“People who find them are then asked to take them and place them on the War Memorial outside St Michael’s.”