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Redcar tree sculpture honours soldiers

The tulip sculpture
Image caption The sculpture honours past and present soldiers

A dead tree has been transformed into a sculpture dedicated to members of the Yorkshire Regiment.

When the tree in Redcar Cemetery died, it was felt it would be a shame if it was thrown away.

The Friends of Redcar Cemetery raised £1,000 for a sculptor to carve a bouquet of tulips out of the tree.

The 8ft (2.4m) high sculpture has the red tulips, green leaves and black base which are the colours of the Yorkshire Regiment.

Among those at the unveiling were members of the friends group, veterans and soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment.

The friends said the sculpture was designed to honour past and present soldiers from the regiment.

The treasurer of the friends, Dorothy Ahmed, said: "When the cherry tree died in the middle section of Redcar cemetery, rather than chop it down and get rid of it, we thought that we would get the tree sculptor Steve Iredale in to see whether he could fashion it into something worthwhile.

"And when he looked at it he could see a bunch of tulips. We couldn't see that at the time, but of course that was Steve's skill."

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