To mark 100 years since the end of World War One silent soldier silhouettes are being positioned across North Devon.

NDC leader Cllr Des Brailey and Cllr Dick Jones place a poppy wreath at the silent soldier silhouette outside Brynsworthy. Picture: NDCNDC leader Cllr Des Brailey and Cllr Dick Jones place a poppy wreath at the silent soldier silhouette outside Brynsworthy. Picture: NDC

The parks team at North Devon Council has installed five near life-size silhouettes of a Great War ‘Tommy’ in support of the Royal British Legion’s ‘Thank You’ movement.

The aim is to encourage the public to say ‘Thank You’ to the World War One generation who served and sacrificed.

‘Tommies’ are now in place at Imperial gardens in Barnstaple town centre, Rotary Gardens in Pilton, Bicclescombe Park and Runnymede Gardens in Ilfracombe.

A silhouette has also been installed outside the NDC offices at Brynsworthy.

NDC leader, Councillor Des Brailey said: “Our councillors and staff are honoured to pay their respects by locating these silhouettes around the district.

“As a former serving member of the armed forces I am honoured to be able to recognise the sacrifice that our brave men and women gave for our freedom.”

Executive member for parks, leisure and culture, Councillor Dick Jones, added: “We are very proud to be able to take part in the Royal British Legion’s commemoration of the centenary of the end of World War One.

“In remembrance of those in the armed forces who came home ‘silently’ from the war, as well as those who never made it home.”