A fish and chip shop in Dorset is commemorating those that lost their lives in the First World War with a poignant window display.
Pisces in Sherborne has dedicated its entire window to a hand-painted silhouette of a soldier surrounded by poppies leaning on his rifle, alongside the words: “They gave up their hopes and dreams so that we could have ours”.
The illustration, which comes during the centenary of the end of the First World War, is the idea of owner Paul Studley and pays tribute to the 16 million that died as well as those that fought alongside them. It was hand-painted by Paul’s son-in-law in liquid chalk and will remain in place until just after Remembrance Sunday this weekend coming.
Paul, who has owned the shop for 21 years, comments: “We always do a window display at Christmas, so I said to my son-in-law this year, let’s do something to mark the 100 year anniversary of the First World War. I saw that picture on Facebook, it looked quite easy to replicate and I thought it would work well with the shape of the window.”
Taking just two hours to complete, the tribute has proved popular with customers.
Paul adds: “Customers have said well done for doing it and it looks fantastic. We’ve had a lot of people stopping and looking at it. It’s been really nice to do as we must remember those that gave their lives during WW1. But it’s not just our soldiers, it’s all of them - British, French, German, American - everybody and all religions -Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus - everyone died in that war.”