AN EXHIBITION, Hearts for a Hundred Years, to commemorate the end of the First World War has been launched in Salisbury.

It has been organised by SSAFA, The Armed Forces Charity, and is in the Young Gallery at Salisbury Library until June 22.

The exhibition was opened by Salisbury MP John Glen.

Pin cushions known as sweethearts were made by wounded soldiers, moving mementoes made during their recuperation for their loved ones. To highlight the First World War Centenary Celebrations, the Wiltshire branch of SSAFA began a project based on a collection of original First World War sweetheart cushions and invited people to create their own modern interpretation. This resulted in a travelling exhibition, 100 Hearts for 100 Years.

The new exhibition features hearts made from khaki cloth supplied by the original supplier of military cloth during the war. Local craft groups, including Salisbury Embroiders Guilds and Sarum Arts Society Heritage volunteers responded to the call to create their own interpretations.

Salisbury’s Sewing Soldier, Lieutenant Colonel Neil Stace, has been involved with the project from its inception. For the current exhibition, Neil, helped by his wife Kate, has made several of the hearts.

This weekend Salisbury Cathedral will be hosting a Living History Weekend with SSAFA Wiltshire. There will be a Living History on the lawns featuring a First World War trench, replica Scout aeroplane and many other exhibits.

A parade led by members of The Royal British Legion will form up on the market square at 3pm and march through the city to the cathedral where there will be a sung Evensong.