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By Aliki Kraterou and Pete Goddard

A street has transformed itself into ‘Poppy Road’ with thousands of decorations to commemorate the end of the First World War.

Hundreds of houses on Station Road in Aldridge, Walsall, West Mids, have been proudly transformed with red poppies and statues of soldiers as a tribute to those who lost their lives in the Great War.

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Incredible footage showing the journey down the road, which was home to 56 serving WWI soldiers, 16 of whom died, reveals the scope of the decorations. 

Some homes are displaying black silhouettes of soldiers, which symbolise the loss of a soldier from that house while others have posters indicating there was a person living in that house who served in the war.

Pensioner Geoff Talbot, 74, a pensioner, was one of those who decorated his home and said the tradition has been in place for decades. 

He said: “We were doing this on Remembrance Day since I was a child. 

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“It is the perfect way to do something special for all the people who lost their lives in the Great War.

“Lots of people have put a lot of effort to do this – we have a very nice community here.

“In those days Aldridge was only a village, but a lot of local young men left and never came back. 

“It is an absolutely nice way to do a tribute for them.”

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Aldridge Great War Project and Aldridge Local History Society have organised together the community project, working with hundreds of individuals and businesses. 

Station Road was not chosen by chance to represent the whole village, as it was from that street people used to take the train to go to war back in 1914.

The station was also used as a place where the sick were taken before being transferred to the military hospitals of the area.