More than 5,000 knitted, crocheted and felted poppies have been created by the community of Appledore to adorn the front of St Mary’s Church to mark the World War One centenary.

The display of poppies at St Mary's Church, Appledore to mark the centenary of the end of World War One. Picture: Tony GussinThe display of poppies at St Mary's Church, Appledore to mark the centenary of the end of World War One. Picture: Tony Gussin

Organisers Caroline Shoebridge and Andy Willerton put the appeal out and were amazed at the flood of poppies in response.

Caroline said: “We have had anonymous poppies coming through our letterbox since last winter.

“Then volunteers had three busy Sundays fixing them to the front of the church in readiness for the day.”

There is also a side display of purple poppies and a horse to signify the many millions of animals that were killed during the war.

Terry Bailey with the 'Tommy Steel' sculpture he created for the war memorial at Appledore. Picture: Tony GussinTerry Bailey with the 'Tommy Steel' sculpture he created for the war memorial at Appledore. Picture: Tony Gussin

Plus local historian Terry Bailey has created his own take on the There But Not There silhouette project with a metal art installation of a soldier kneeling at the village war memorial, which he has named ‘Tommy Steel’.

The displays will stay at the church throughout November.

There is a commemoration and celebration of the centenary at the church on Friday from 7pm, with music from Appledore Band and songs to sing along to.

A display at St Mary's Church Appledore in memory of the many animals which were also killed during World War One. Picture: Tony GussinA display at St Mary's Church Appledore in memory of the many animals which were also killed during World War One. Picture: Tony Gussin