COMMUNITY spirit carried the day at a tea party held to commemorate the lives of 23 young men from Baughurst who died during the First World War.

Nearly 150 people attended the event on September 9 at Heath End hall.

Villagers rallied around for the event, from those who knitted or crocheted more than 1,000 poppies to decorate the hall and surrounding area, to those who made a seemingly endless supply of cakes for the tea or helped with the washing up afterwards. It was a real community effort.

Residents were asked to bring along their own memorabilia to display alongside those held by Baughurst Parish Council and other organisations, and the contributions filled the hall.

Many people spent long periods of time reading all the information to hand, especially that relating individually to the 23 young men who died 100 years ago.