ARTISTIC cubs have created a fitting tribute to mark the first world war in Bognor Regis.
The members from 2nd Bognor Cub Scouts rose to the challenge after they were asked by the Bognor Regis In Bloom working group to create a backdrop for one of the town’s planters.
The creative work which greets motorists and pedestrians as they come into the town by Longford Road took some four weeks to design and make.
Elizabeth Bilham, a leader for the Cubs, said: “They have all really enjoyed it. We were very proud to be asked by Bognor Regis In Bloom to design the backdrop to commemorate world war one. We have had four different groups working on it over four weeks and they have all worked very hard. It makes us all very proud to see it all finished and ready to be unveiled.”
All aged between eight and ten-and-a-half, the Cubs used paint as well as fabric and card to create the scene, showing a large tree, soldiers and gravestones.
Bognor Regis In Bloom chairman Greg Burt said: “The backdrop is wonderful. It is especially fitting that it has been created by the town’s future generation.”
An important part of the design is a poem They Say War is Coming, written by nine-year-old Cub Stanley Hards – with a little help from his nanny.
The backdrop stands proudly above a planter officially unveiled last Wednesday displaying flowers in the shape of a poppy.
Bognor Regis town mayor Tony Gardiner performed a short ceremony. “Both my grandfathers fought in the first world war. It is important that the people who didn’t come back are remembered but so are those who did return.
“The Scouts have done a fantastic job and I would like to thank them,” said Cllr Gardiner.
The Cubs responsible for the backdrop were: Benjamin Fox, Tristan Gray, Stanley Hards, Matthew Johnson, Oliver Mitchell, Blake Norman, William Jones, Maddie Long, Tom Saigeman, Tomass Totoris and Adam Woodruff.