Brandon veterans strike a pose for centenary window display

Bunches & Bows were having a living Remembrance Day display''Pictured: Brian and Jackie Boag with Tony the teddy in the window ANL-140811-194018009
Bunches & Bows were having a living Remembrance Day display''Pictured: Brian and Jackie Boag with Tony the teddy in the window ANL-140811-194018009
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A shop in Brandon took its Remembrance Day window display one step further this year by inviting veterans to pose among the decorations.

Bunches & Bows, in High Street, asked former Armed Forces servicemen and women to sit in the window for hour-long stints among its usual Remembrance display.

Two of the veterans involved are Brian and Jackie Boag, a couple who met in the Army in the 60s and have lived in Brandon for nearly 30 years.

“We thought it was a brilliant idea,” said Brian, 67, who wore his father’s military medals alongside his own while sitting in the window.

“We have had a great response, people have been telling other people and friends around the world have been talking about it. I didn’t think it would take off like this.”

Jackie, 63, added: “It is definitely unique. The response has been brilliant, we have had lots of waves and toots from cars and it is funny to see people’s reactions!”

The display was constructed by the florist’s owner Laine Skinner, who is renowned for her vibrant window displays.

“I’ve thought about having a live window for quite a few years. I am a bit obsessive with the windows, so people get excited about them,” she said.

“I always have a Remembrance window each year, but because it is the centenary this year I thought I would like to do something special.”

Despite enjoying their part in the displays, Brian and Jackie were keen to emphasise its serious side.

Accompanying the veterans in the window are a number of poppies, each sporting the name of a serviceman from Brandon who lost their life on the battlefield.

Local historian Darren Norton was also in the shop on Saturday to answer questions about the town’s servicemen.

Brian and Jackie, both active members of the Royal British Legion, hope the display will raise awareness of its valuable work.

“It is about what the Legion does and to think about all the people who have died during the war, and what it means,” said Jackie.

“The younger generation have taken an interest too. Children now are learning about what war really is.”

Laine said: “It is lovely how the display is getting the older and younger people together.

“It has been so popular, and the veterans look so proud to be sitting in the window.”