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Edwalton: Former RAF technician makes Remembrance Day tribute

Residents at a Nottinghamshire care home are encouraging the community to join them in signing their names on a moving Remembrance Day tribute.

 

Former RAF Aircraft Technician Louise Maxwell, now the Maintenance Officer at Edwalton Manor Care Home, handmade the eight-foot lone soldier tribute.

 

Local people are now being invited to put their names to the striking silhouette which stands at the entrance of the Landmere Road home.

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It is made from 18mm plywood and painted with black bitumen paint. It took Louise two days to make the display, which she said was a labour of love.

 

Louise said: “Having served in the military, it was a privilege to create this memorial, providing our residents and their families with a special space to come together and pay tribute to those we’ve lost.”

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Louise served in the RAF as a Tornado technician working on the airframes and fuselage of fighter jets. She served for three years and was involved in the Gulf War of 1989-1991. 

 

Residents have taken the time to add their names to the moving tribute and say the display has given them pause for reflection.

 

Resident Eileen Scivier, aged 90, said: “This beautiful memorial is a heart-warming and meaningful tribute to the men and women we have lost at war.”

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The home has already had dozens of signatures from visitors, staff and residents.

 

Wellbeing and Lifestyle Coordinator Alice Kirkby said: “This is a very emotive way of honouring those who have served and protected our democratic way of life.

 

“For all of us at Edwalton Manor, it is a chance to bring people in our community together in quiet reflection.

 

“We are inviting local people to join us and take part in commemorating the lives lost in conflicts worldwide by leaving a small note or a name on this heartfelt tribute.”

 

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