Crowds watched in wonder as a Sheffield church tonight became a beacon of remembrance for soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Giant floating poppies were beamed on to historic St Nicholas Church in High Bradfield as its bell tower solemnly tolled at 6pm.
The installation - which began with red searchlights beamed into the sky to represent World War One soldiers standing on guard - aims to use state-of-the-art technology to remember local soldiers who gave their lives for the country in World War One and Two.
And it is boosted by a special Poppy Memorial Trail, where war graves in the churchyard are the cornerstones of a memorial walkway and people can inscribe the names of loved ones killed at war onto the plaques that will make up the trail.
More than 1,000 red plaques have been purchased.
Rev Alan Isaacson held a service in church after the illumination was completed.
He said there had been a ‘very positive’ response to the project.
“There’s been a lot of interest and what we hope is that through the week people in the community and further afield will be able to see the illuminations.”
The church will be illuminated each evening this week as part of the charity project to boost Help for Heroes, the Royal British Legion and the church.
Sue Hague, of Pinkdotinc Design, designed the installation.