THE tragedy of the World War I is being commemorated in the Pennine town of Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire.
A sand sculpture of a woman clutching a telegram informing her of her husband’s death has been created in a paved area outside Hebden Bridge town hall to mark 100 years since the senseless slaughter.
The sculpture is the work of Jamie Wardley, who will be reworking the sculpture twice over coming months.
In the first re-working, now complete, the woman became middle aged. Later she will be elderly to signify that although people learn to cope with loss, the hurt felt through tragedy is eternal.
The sculpture is modelled on a local woman called Hannah Greenwood. Her family name dates back centuries, but as is the case with many people, some of her extended family is also German.
The work was commissioned by Labour-run Hebden Royd Town Council.