A Staffordshire man has built a First World War trench in his garden.
Former soldier Adam Biggs has built the trench in the garden of his Burton home as he says he ‘wants to provide passersby with an interactive way of experiencing what it would have been really like on the front line fighting in the trenches’.
The father-of-two, who spent seven years in the 3rd Battalion Mercian Regiment, has decked out his drive, in Dover Road, Horninglow, in Burton, with sandbags to imitate the horrifying trenches, along with a mannequin shielding from gunfire.
The soldier is surrounded by Union Flags hanging from the fences of his front garden along with poppies, and there is even barb wire on his trench.
Adam has added music as The Last Post is playing in the background along with sounds of gunfire, lights. There is even a replica fire which is what soldiers in the trenches would have done to keep warm, reports DerbyshireLive.
During World War One the British and German troops dug miles of trenches on the battle fields in France and Belgium and bedded in as they fought. The trenches would fill up with water and mud, making them a miserable place for the soldiers forced to live there. They were also the place that thousands of young men died.
Adam created a similar display last year but now has launched a Wall of Honour, which features faces and details of people who have served in the Army after their families paid £1 for the privilege. The money will be donated to the Poppy Appeal.
The 31-year-old said: “I did the display last year but I’ve been wanting to do this for the last few years.
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“This year I wanted to go that one step further and get the local community involved so I asked for people to donate £1 per name to put on the Wall of Honour. Friends and family have done that and loved doing it as they have dug up pictures they haven’t seen in years.
“I’ve seen pictures of my granddad I’ve never even seen which is lovely to see.
“I have shared it on Facebook with a link to donate and, so far, along with the poppy collection box on my drive I have raised around £150 so I’ve beaten last year’s.
“I love doing this as I too have lost good mates so I wanted to try and show people what it was like in a real way instead of being on a phone screen.
“I wanted it bigger and better this year, and when I get something in my head it goes crazy.
“We normally have a parade in Ashbourne but couldn’t do it this year.
“People have walked past it and taken a while to see what it was.
“The reaction has been amazing. My son, who is four, loves it. He is Army mad.”
Anyone who would like to donate can pop down to the display where there is a collection box or contact Adam Biggs on Facebook.