Resident commemorates Remembrance Sunday

08 November 2018

A former serviceman from Penzance has gone to great lengths to mark Remembrance Sunday.

Martin Pellow, who lives at LiveWest’s Fountain Court scheme, spent hours creating a wire soldier which was placed in the garden at the sheltered accommodation.

A poppy has been placed on the intricate design as a symbol of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice in 1918 that signalled the end of World War One.

Martin said: “I have been making things out of wire for a little while including trees, cats, dogs and reindeers.

“But I wanted to create something which would be a central feature in the garden.

“It only took me a few hours and with Remembrance Sunday coming up we naturally put a poppy on him as a mark of respect.”

Martin, 66, joined the army at the age of 15 and spent nine years in the catering corps. His military service saw him embark on two tours of Northern Ireland and one tour of Cyprus.

After leaving the forces, he became the manager of the catering department at Treliske Hospital.

Martin added: “I will be watching Remembrance Sunday with friends on Sunday. It will be an emotional day, especially as it is 100 years since the end of World War One.”

LiveWest’s Fountain Court scheme co-ordinator Kelly Sara said: “The wire figure is amazing and the picture doesn’t do it justice.

“There is so much detail that goes into making something like that and patience as well.

“It is a lovely touch that the wire man is wearing a poppy ahead of the World War One commemorations on Sunday. The residents who live here are incredibly respectful and this just shows that they are a caring group.

“They will all be paying their respects on Sunday.”

The wire man is one of a number of ways the residents work together to create a better community.

They regularly take part in ukulele lessons, bingo evenings and bring and buy sales.

Residents also take great pride in their garden area and have applied for a grant to make improvements to the communal area.

Their carefully-manicured garden has also secured a number of second and third places in competitions.

Over the summer residents worked on a garden project to enhance a communal space outside the neighbouring blocks of flats.

It means families and children have a safe space to enjoy being outdoors.

Kelly added: “The residents take great care in their garden. It brings people together and it gives them a common purpose.