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In Pictures: Poppy power as towns transformed for Armistice Day

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Residents across the country have re-branded streets and decorated houses and landmarks to remember those who died in the First World War.

Communities across the UK and Ireland have come together in remembrance of all those who died in the armed forces, ahead of Armistice Day on Sunday.

Streets and landmarks have bloomed red with poppies and decorative panels as the country prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Here are some of the most striking, inspired and creative displays commemorating fallen heroes.

Poppy Road, West Midlands

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A house in Station Road, Aldridge in Walsall (Aaron Chown/PA)

The display on Station Road, organised by Aldridge Great War Project and Aldridge Local History Society, spans some 100 homes.

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Station Road, Aldridge in Walsall (Aaron Chown/PA)

Falling Poppies, Salisbury Cathedral

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The Falling Poppies project will run until November 11 to help raise awareness of its Thank You campaign, which invites people to give thanks for the sacrifices made by the First World War generation.

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The Royal British Legion’s Falling Poppies projection is displayed on the West Front of Salisbury Cathedral (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Knitted poppies adorn Sudbury church
A cascade of knitted and crocheted poppies hanging from St Peter’s Church in Sudbury to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War (Sam Russell/PA)

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Knitted poppies adorn Sudbury church
The knitted and crocheted poppies were donated by crafters across the world (Sam Russell/PA)

“It’s amazing,” she said. “Every time I go out there there are crowds of people just taking photos.”

Poppy yarn bombers, Pembrokeshire

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Knitted decorations for Armistice Day in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire (Elizabeth Fitzpatrick/PA)
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More than 4,000 poppies were donate to the Haverfordwest decorations (Elizabeth Fitzpatrick/PA)

Their Name Liveth at Holyrood, Edinburgh

Scottish Parliament illuminated in war dead tribute
A computer-generated preview of the projections on the Scottish Parliament (Scottish Parliament/PA)

David Allfrey, chief executive of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, said: “This event is hugely important and will help us to reflect upon all we’ve learned over the past century, and in particular these previous four years.

The Fallen, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

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36,000 leaf-shaped messages are hung from St Patrick’s Cathedral ceiling in Dublin (Niall Carson/PA)

Some 36,000 handwritten messages on leaf-shaped pieces of paper were hung from the ceiling, one for each Irish man or woman who died in the First World War.

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Each remembered one of the 36,000 Irish men and women who died in the First World War (Niall Carson/PA)

“It looks beautiful but it also goes much deeper than that as well when people realise the enormity of what each leaf means and what it represents.”

Fields of Remembrance, nationwide

Wooden poppies in the Field of Remembrance at Cardiff Castle (Claire Hayhurst/PA)
Wooden poppies in the Field of Remembrance at Cardiff Castle (Claire Hayhurst/PA)

Cardiff Castle holds more than 6,000 crosses and commemorative markers with each featuring a personal message in memory of servicemen and women who died in the First World War.

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Crosses are laid at Belfast City Hall in memory of those killed in the First World War (Rebecca Black/PA)

Shrouds of the Somme, London

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Captain James Pugh places a figure among artist Rob Heard’s installation Shrouds of the Somme at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)
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Each of the models represents one of the 72,396 soldiers (Kirsty O’Connor/PA )

Beyond the Deepening Shadow, Tower of London

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Volunteers help to light thousands of flames in the dry moat of the Tower of London as part of an installation called Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers (John Stillwell/PA)

10,000 flames in total will be lit and will be accompanied by a commissioned sound installation featuring choral music and words from war poet Mary Borden’s Sonnets to a Soldier.

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Yeoman Warders lighting the first of thousands of flames (John Stillwell/PA)

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