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Two amateur Suffolk artists have painted a mural to celebrate the 1918 armistice.
The Hadleigh duo, Mark Brennan and Jane Olive, decided to paint the mural as part of the Haldeigh Great War Centenary Project which has seen many odes to the armistice pop-up across the town.
Mr Brennan has continued to document the lives of the soldiers who went to war from the town and has been the driving force behind the project.
He said: “If I can do anything to get the story of remembrance out I will.
“It’s not just about remembering the war but about remembering the people that came before, the people that shaped our environment in the town.”
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His painting partner, Jane Olive, who works as a community health visitor said: “We are just very close friends Mark and I, he’s very modest but we all see him as an all round Hadleigh hero.
“It is my first stab at a mural and I’m honoured that Mark asked me to help, he’s done so much locally as part of remembrance.
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“We should never forget the lives of the men, women and animals who sacrificed everything.”
Mark served in the British army for 29 years and painted a couple of murals for his squadron whilst in Afghanistan.
“Camp Bastion in Helmand is full of these plain concrete blocks,” said Mark.
“They were covered in brilliant artwork, I’ve always loved art and did a couple of murals of my own there.”
Mark left the armed forces in 2012 and became the chair of the Royal British Legion branch in Hadleigh soon after.
It was there that his remembrance journey began.
He said: “In 2014 the Great War centenary celebrations began and that is when I started the project.
“We have been holding events each year, documenting and researching every name on the war memorial in the town and taking high school children out on projects.
“Last year we actually went to France to see the battlefields, we are trying to pass these stories to the younger generation.”
Mark and Jane worked for over five hours to paint the beautiful mural in the town as part of this years centenary celebration.
It depicts a line of British Tommies silhouetted against a colourful sunset, adorned with the famous line:
“At the going down of the sun.”