Stonemason’s touching tribute for fallen soldiers

Stone mason Simon Lumb finishes his poppy.
Stone mason Simon Lumb finishes his poppy.

Halifax stonemason Simon Lumb has created a stunning memorial poppy to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Using local sandstone that is 350 million years old, Simon has crafted a 300mm wide and 450mm high stone poppy that will form part of the exhibition taking place at Halifax Town Hall, which is open between Monday, November 5 and Friday, November 9 from 9.30am to 4.30pm, Saturday, November 10 from 10am to 1pm and Monday, November 12 from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Stone mason Simon Lumb finishes his poppy.

Stone mason Simon Lumb finishes his poppy.

He said: “I wanted to something to contribute because it’s such a good cause.

“It’s taken from a design from a brass and enamel badge, with a scroll underneath saying ‘Lest We Forget’.

“I think it looks alright. I think it’s important we don’t forget.

“Our lives could have been so different if we had lost the war.

“It was a terrible thing to lose all those lives, but they shouldn’t be forgotten about.”