The metal First World War Tommies will be positioned in various locations around The Alnwick Garden from Friday the 29th of June and they will remain at Alnwick Garden until Armistice Day 11th November 2018 but will be displayed temporarily at Alnwick Castle during The Great War Week 23rd - 27th July 2018.
In addition, visitors and locals will be able to see a number of transparent, seated silhouettes of soldiers in the chapel at Alnwick Castle, from the 30th June until the 28th October 2018.
The Tommy silhouettes serve as a token of remembrance for the 13 members of the Duke’s staff who made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War.
The Tommy silhouettes will be situated initially near the Ornamental Lake and then placed around the The Alnwick Garden. Mark Brassell, Chief Executive of The Alnwick Garden said “it is a great privilege to honour the heroic First World War soldiers with these iconic statues, which we hope all our visitors will enjoy. The Tommies will also form part of the special event on Armistice Day itself with more to be revealed nearer to the day”.
The Tommy silhouettes are symbols of remembrance created by the charity “Remembered” as part of their project, “There But Not There”. This is part of a fund-raising campaign led by former Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Lord Richard Dannatt and supported by Birdsong novelist Sebastian Faulks
The aims of the project are to:
Commemorate the Fallen. To highlight the sacrifices made by so many, through silhouette installations at prominent sites throughout the UK.
Educate all generations to understand what led to the deaths of 888,246 people from Britain and The Commonwealth.
Help to heal people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other lasting legacies of combat, by raising funds for beneficiary charities.
There But Not There Patron, Lord Dannatt said: “The poppies at the Tower of London captured the start of the national WWI commemoration – There But Not There will be the abiding concluding image in 2018.”
In addition to these life-size silhouettes installed across the UK, a limited-edition table-top “Tommy” figure, built by veterans at Royal British Legion Industries, is available to buy here
All proceeds from the sale of Tommies and from donations will go to the project’s six beneficiary charities: Royal Foundation.com; Combat Stress; Walking with the Wounded; Help for Heroes; Project Equinox; and the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation.
For more information on There But Not There, please visit www.therebutnotthere.org.uk