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Churchyard put up Silhouette display to honour Captain Tom on VE Day



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A churchyard in Finningham, Suffolk, was filled with silhouettes of soldiers in a touching display to commemorate VE Day last weekend.

Around a dozen wooden silhouettes of Captain Tom Moore and other servicemen from the air force, navy and army were put on display outside St. Bartholomew’s Church from Friday through to Sunday.

The wooden figures were handmade and painted by 72-year-old Finningham resident Doug Aiken, from his home in Wickham Road.

Doug Aiken and Marion Bell with some of the silhouettes at St. Bartholomew’s Church. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2021.
Doug Aiken and Marion Bell with some of the silhouettes at St. Bartholomew’s Church. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2021.

73-year-old Marion Bell, a close friend to Mr Aiken, said: “The parish council had asked Doug to put his silhouettes out, and he was really happy to do so.

“The villagers are so grateful to him.

The former teacher, who lives in Gislingham Road, added: “He’s been doing it for a few years, and every year he adds something.

One of Mr Aiken's silhouettes, depicting the late Captain Tom Moore. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2021.
One of Mr Aiken's silhouettes, depicting the late Captain Tom Moore. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2021.

“This year, he thought it would be nice to ad the kneeling soldier and Captain Tom.

“They are out there so when people pass through the churchyard, they have a chance to reflect, and remember the men and women who have given their lives.”

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