An estate agency in Hainault, Essex has caused a stir locally after dedicating its branch window to Remembrance Day which has been observed in the UK and the Commonwealth member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.
The branch window of Baker Estates has been adorned with images of the iconic poppies that have come to symbolise Remembrance Day, and two Union Jack flags.
Business owner Kerrie Binder (pictured, below) says she has had lots of people coming into her shop to show their appreciation of her remembrance efforts, particularly older local residents.
We will remember them
“I wanted to do my bit and decided rather than do a Halloween display, I’d keep the memory of those who gave their lives in combat, particularly as the poppy sellers have been unable to go out this year and collect money for the Poppy Appeal,” she says.
“It was really easy to do – my daughter and I went online and found the window transfers which we bought and ordered for around £70.”
This year the November 11th Remembrance Day commemorations will be on a Wednesday.
Kerrie is also doing more than just a window display. After local Remembrance Day celebrations were cancelled in Hainault, an unofficial event is being organised for the 11th at which her trumpet-playing daughter is to play The Last Post.
Putting poppies in a window display is just one of the four ways The British Legion says anyone can help fund raise during the pandemic including raising awareness of the appeal, sending friends and family poppies in the post, getting involved in a ‘Poppy Run’ or buying items from the Legion’s online shop.