Video: A lasting legacy to town’s war heroes

This picture shows a special tree planting ceremony that was held to mark 100 years since the outbreak of World War One.

The English Oak tree was planted at Chaucer Park in Ilkeston following the ‘Tiser’s Pennies For Heroes campaign which raised hundreds of pounds.

Ilkeston Advertiser reporter Sarah Bould helps children from Chaucer infants and Chaucer junior schools plant an english oak.'Looking on are other pupils staff and council operatives.'L/R: Sarah Bould, Louise Richards, Connor Stevens, Katy-May Hawdon.

Ilkeston Advertiser reporter Sarah Bould helps children from Chaucer infants and Chaucer junior schools plant an english oak.'Looking on are other pupils staff and council operatives.'L/R: Sarah Bould, Louise Richards, Connor Stevens, Katy-May Hawdon.

Earlier in the year readers were asked to donate pennies at the town hall and Nationwide in Ilkeston.

We were left gobsmacked by everybody’s generosity, with the total amount reaching more than £400.

Children from Chaucer Junior School and Chaucer Infant and Nursery School attended the event to help plant the tree. Many of them are currently studying the war.

Kerry Wheatley, who works at the junior school, said: “The children were really excited to plant the tree and it’s a special event to remember the war.”

Some of the children will go back to plant poppy seeds under the tree. They have spent the whole term studying World War One.

Sam Starling, special needs co-ordinator at the school, said: “ They have made barbed wire out of foil and written poems as if they were soldiers in the trenches. They have also written postcard as if they were am Ilkeston war hero writing to a relative.

The remainder of the money raised will be donated to the Royal British Legion.

We would like to thank everyone who donated pennies for the campaign.