ARTISTS' tributes to the First World War centenary will be displayed in a 'Poppy Trail' at Jinney Ring Craft Centre this November.

The trail includes a historic violin made by war survivor Joseph Swain, which has been restored to its former glory after several months of painstaking work by local craftsmen Bill Piper and Chris Everall.

The violin, known as 'The Robin' because of its unusual reddish front, arrived at the studio in several pieces.

Chris said: "It was a challenge and a labour of love, but wonderful to think that this fine old violin,The Robin, can sing again nearly a century after it was made.”

The Robin is on display in Bill’s studio at Jinney Ring until the end of November.

Also in the trail are two poignant paintings by Michael Salt of a field in France before and after the First World war, hand-blown poppy-themed garden cane toppers by Top Glass, a fascinator by milliner Pay Keeley and a poem by Penny Turner.

Poppies also feature at the Chocolate Deli, with lollies created especially for the commemoration, and The Farmhouse restaurant will be serving themed dishes and cakes.

Jinney Ring owner Amanda Sunter said: "This centenary is such a significant and poignant occasion, we are thrilled that our resident artists have created such a fabulous display and hope that our visitors will be as delighted as we are.

"All of us will be making a donation from the proceeds of the sales of any poppy-themed items to support the fantastic work of The British Legion.”

The Poppy Trail opens on Thursday, November 1 and will run until Friday, November 30, 10am to 5pm Mondays to Saturdays and 11am until 5pm on Sundays.

Visit or call 01527 821272 for more information.