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Pupils visit Shrouds of the Somme memorial as part of Remembrance lessons

PUBLISHED: 14:00 16 November 2018

Chobham Academy pupils visited the memorial as part of a lesson on Remembrance. Picture: Ken Mears

Chobham Academy pupils visited the memorial as part of a lesson on Remembrance. Picture: Ken Mears

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Pupils from schools across east London paid a visit to the Shrouds of the Somme memorial in the Olympic Park.

There are more than 70,000 individually made figures, to represent those who died in the Battle of the Somme. Picture: Ken MearsThere are more than 70,000 individually made figures, to represent those who died in the Battle of the Somme. Picture: Ken Mears

The memorial, which was created by Somerset artist Rob Heard, contains 72,392 human figures wrapped in cottons shrouds and placed in rows, to remember those who died in the Battle of the Somme.

Last week, thousands of pupils from schools in Newham, Hackney, Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets visited the memorial as part of Remembrance lessons.

Lyn Garner, chief executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, which runs the park, said: “We are very proud that the Olympic Park is able to support this incredibly moving artwork and help shine a light on this project where people can pay their respects, remember and learn about the sacrifice made by so many.

“We hope as many people as possible, especially school children, can come and see it for themselves as we mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.”

It took artist Rob Heard five years, working 12 hours a day, to stitch all the figure. Picture: Ken MearsIt took artist Rob Heard five years, working 12 hours a day, to stitch all the figure. Picture: Ken Mears

Chobham Academy pupils with the artist who created the memorial, Rob Heard. Picture: LLDCChobham Academy pupils with the artist who created the memorial, Rob Heard. Picture: LLDC

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