Tapestry will be a lasting tribute to war veterans

JPCT 061114 S14470413x Foffey, All Saint's Church.  Vicar's daughter has created a tapestry recording the names of 42 servicemen after the church's war memorial became eroded over time. Family - grandmother, Marie, Lucy, Father Stephen, and Lucy's brother James  with tapestry -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-140711-090925001
JPCT 061114 S14470413x Foffey, All Saint's Church. Vicar's daughter has created a tapestry recording the names of 42 servicemen after the church's war memorial became eroded over time. Family - grandmother, Marie, Lucy, Father Stephen, and Lucy's brother James with tapestry -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-140711-090925001
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A vicar’s daughter has sewn a tapestry recording all the names of the fallen First World War veterans from the Horsham Roffey parish.

After hearing her parents talk about the eroding stone war memorial at All Saints Church, Roffey, Lucy Buckman decided to embroider each of the 42 the names into a tapestry 2.6ft squared.

It took her just three weeks in the summer to complete.

Lucy, 20, said: “My mum taught me the basics of doing tapestries when I was 13. I enjoyed it so much that I have been doing them ever since.

“This is the biggest tapestry I have made. I have done more complicated tapestries for other people. The hardest ones I’ve done are Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ and Monet’s ‘Waterlilies’. I did it because this wasn’t just a picture; it’s about real people.”

She presented the church with her creation at last weekend’s Remembrance Sunday service.

She added: “I feel pleased and excited that it will be in the Church for many years to come. I am very happy that people like it so much.”

Father Stephen, vicar of the church said: “I am really proud of the beautiful memorial that Lucy has created for the church. It is wonderful to see her make such a striking and lasting contribution to the history of Roffey.”