A STUNNING display featuring thousands of hand-made poppies has taken pride of place in Clayton to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

People across the district are marking the centenary in a number of ways, but the Clayton Village WI has pulled out all the stops to create another 'yarn bomb' masterpiece.

The touching memorial, which currently adorns the village roundabout, has been a true labour of love for the group's members.

They started back in May to ensure the 5,000 poppies would be ready in time. In true dedication, some of the women even carried on making the poppies during their holidays.

It also features a poignant Tommy silhouette, which was cut out by Clayton-based joiner Phillip Wells, and bears the names of the 105 men from the village who died.

Animals killed in the war are also remembered with purple poppies on each corner of stone troughs on the roundabout. It's thought the animals who once drunk from the wells many years ago would have been commissioned for the war effort.

Alison Stork, Vice President of the Clayton Village WI, said the response to the memorial has been "overwhelming".

"We could not be more proud - and proud of the people of Clayton.

"We are absolutely thrilled."

She said the group had been inundated with positive comments about the display, with people saying they are proud to be from Clayton and how they have been moved by the tribute.

Alison was even stopped in the supermarket by someone praising it as "absolutely amazing".

Around 40 to 50 people have worked on the display, equating to countless hours since May.

"It's important that we remember - it was a massive sacrifice," said Alison.

She added: "Thank you to Clayton for the lovely comments - we are just so proud of it."

People in Queensbury have also been knitting and crocheting poppies over the past six months for a display at the Queensbury Community Partnership (QCP) on High Street, Queensbury. It will hang from the building's top window down to the main door and is due to be unveiled today.

Kathryn Halford, from QCP, said: "The youngest contributions came from the Brownies who have made their poppies by finger knitting them.

"These have been sewn on the display in the form of a wreath. We started sewing the display in October people have been dropping into QCP to help out - it’s been wonderful to see so many people getting involved in such a special commemorative celebration."