A READING rug created to mark 100 years since the end of World War One, which has been years in the making and involved hundreds of contributors, has officially been unveiled in City Library.

Children, community groups, visiting authors and even Darryl McDaniels, founding member of pioneering rap group Run DMC, have added to the memorial piece, made using traditional rag rugging techniques over a four year period.

Yesterday school children from across the district took part in the unveiling event, joined by Where the Poppies Now Grow children’s author Hilary Robinson and illustrator Martin Impey, who discussed their WW1 themed books.

The rug is festooned with poppies and features quotes from In Flanders Field by John McCrae.

The project has involved nearly 1,500 Bradford school children, along with teachers, library staff, parents, grandparents and anyone who has visited the library over the past four years.

It was created with the help of the West Riding Ruggers, who instructed people on the traditional rug making techniques.

McDaniels, the hip-hop superstar behind hits like Walk This Way, It’s Like That and Sucker MC’s, was invited to add a piece to the rug when he visited City Library in November 2015 to talk to Bradford schoolchildren about his rap career, and his second life as a comic book writer.

Other famous faces to have added to the rug include Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell.