A CASCADING poppy waterfall, Remembrance concert, soldier silhouettes and a display are some of the events planned for Remembrance week at St Michael's Church in Workington.

Lorna Wilson and Margaret Smith have helped organise the Remembrance festival.

Margaret said: "We've had a lot of very willing helpers in the compilation of this display. It's a wonderful way to remember the people who gave their lives and thank everyone that took part and hope for a good turnout."

Around a dozen parishioners started producing poppies for the poignant poppy 'waterfall' in August, using various methods such as crocheting, knitting, fabric and felt.

Over 1000 poppies cascade from the balcony of the church and into the worship area.

St Michael's youth group and ladies of the congregation joined together to make an altar frontal piece on the theme of Remembrance.

None of the group, which range in ages from 10 to 80, had attempted felting prior to working on the piece. The felt will be framed and placed in front of the altar and will be displayed until the end of November.

Local primary school children from Ashfield Junior and Infant School, Victoria Junior and Infant School and St Michael's Infant School were also keen to get involved.

The children wrote letters from and to the front, some as soldiers, some as soldiers' family members.

Other children researched the names of local service men and women from the names of some of the fallen off the town Roll of Honour.

The schools will be invited in to see the children's work as part of the display.

Some members of the congregration have brought in their own WW1 memorabilia for the display.

And the church has some There but not There silhouettes displayed throughout the church.

Two of the silhouettes have been placed in the ringing room to commemorate two bell ringers that lost their lives from St Michael's, Daniel Telford and R Williams.

Teas will be held on November 8, at 3pm and November 10, at 4.30pm at £6.50.

The festival of Remembrance will take place on November 10 at 7pm and will include music from Workington Town Band, The Oswald Singers, a soloist and poetry readings from different organisations.

There will be the usual Sunday service on November 11 at 9.30am, with a minute's silence and a bugler.

Tickets for the festival of Remembrance are £7 each or £10 for both the festival and a tea and are available from St Michael's Church on 01900 604450.

Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Royal British Legion and SSAFA (soldiers, sailors, air force men, families association) after the events.