A retirement village will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Normandy Landings with a special display.

Staff at Buckshaw Retirement Village have called on volunteers to knit, crochet or make poppies for a display to recognise the bravery and sacrifice of those who served on D-Day.

On Thursday June 6, the care home will unveil the victory garden display in honour of the fallen soldiers on the 80th anniversary of the crucial World War Two operation.

The day’s events will feature a 1940s theme, focusing on D-Day, with live music, nostalgic activities and an old-fashioned tea party with cakes and bunting.

Children from Buckshaw Trinity School will join residents and staff to hear stories and share memories of that time with residents.

Wellness manager, Julie McGlough, said: “This project is a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together, create something beautiful and pay respect to the heroes of D-Day.

"The poppies will be displayed along the railings of our Bowling Green adjacent to Central Avenue, creating a striking tribute for all to see.

“We would like to ask local residents to get out their knitting needles and supply us with as many poppies as possible.

"Your contributions will help make this commemoration truly special. We hope to see many of you on June 6 when we unveil the finished display.”

The retirement village said it is welcoming poppies of any size and pattern.

For those who prefer not to knit or crochet but still want to contribute, poppy-making packs are available for purchase.

People can view the poppy display from 9am to 1pm on Thursday, June 6, with access from the gate on Central Avenue. 

For any more information or questions, you can call 01772 678700.