Hundreds draw Sheffield War Memorial trees in #WW1PaintOff event

Hundreds of people gathered on Weston Road to draw and paint the Living War Memorial trees on Armistice Day, as some of them are planned to be fell by Sheffield City Council.

Dan Llywelyn Hall’s art piece

The event, organised by artist Dan Llywelyn Hall, was attended by many who picked up paper and brushes and painted every memorial tree.

Nicky Bea, event supporter, said: “The memorial trees were planted in memory of Westways School pupils who went to the Great War and did not return. The trees were bought with pocket money and planted by other fellow pupils at the time.

“It’s very personal to me as I used to go to Westways and I feel it’s my duty to be here and commemorate this memorial.”

The trees, planted in 1919, are recognised by the War Memorials Trust and Imperial War Museum as a Living War Memorial.

However, Sheffield City Council have designated 23, out of the 53 left, to be replaced as part of the Streets Ahead programme.

Western Road War Memorial

The artworks produced on the day were photographed and entered into the exhibition ‘Fallen Boys, Standing Trees’ shown at Yellow Arch Studios from November 24 to December 3.

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