Last of the Mersea Tommies to be sold this January 25

PUBLISHED: 16:31 08 January 2020 | UPDATED: 16:31 08 January 2020

Lone Soldier at Sunrise

Lone Soldier at Sunrise

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Many of the soldiers have already been sold to raise money for charity with the final ones being auctioned in a draw held at the Mersea Island Community Centre

During 2019, Mersea Island residents and visitors have seen the installation of 51 World War I soldiers marching across the Strood, the causeway linking the island to the mainland.

All were residents of the island who were sadly never to return. The installation was the brainwave of Duncan Pittock, who was inspired to create the vision after seeing a photo of soldiers at Passchendaele in Belgium, marching across a battleground.

The plan was always to raise money for local charities so at the end of last year, 150 people attended a Charity Auction, where 26 soldiers were sold.

Five more soldiers are to be raffled and tickets, costing £5 each, are available at Mersea Island Post Office, the Royal British Legion or No. 4 in West Mersea.

The draw will take place at the Mersea Island Community Centre on January 25, where an evening function will celebrate the sale of the last soldiers.

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