First World War: Pompoms pay tribute to lost lives

Members of the Locks Heath Day Centre with some of the 200 pompoms
Members of the Locks Heath Day Centre with some of the 200 pompoms
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DEDICATED visitors to a day centre have made more than 200 commemorative pompoms to remember fallen soldiers from the First World War.

Locks Heath Day Centre, which is run by Age Concern Hampshire, made a pompom for every lost soldier from Warsash, Locks Heath, Titchfield, Sarisbury Green and Fareham West.

The group labelled the pompoms with the names of the fallen soldiers and hung them from a tree planted outside the centre, which marked its opening in 2010.

Locks Heath Day Centre manager Mandy Rowlands said: ‘The older people who attend the centre told us that they would like to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War in some way. Everyone got involved in making the pompoms to join in the commemorations.’