SPECIAL artwork inspired by the armed forces has been put on display in the city centre.

2019 was a significant year for Salisbury, which played host to National Armed Forces Day, and Armistice Day this year saw a set of commemorative panels placed on the Lion gates outside Salisbury Library.

Inspired by the armed forces and the enduring supportive role of SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity, the artwork was created by local schoolchildren and the general public, in a project led by local artist Charlotte Moreton and Peter Riley of the Young Gallery, Salisbury, with the support of Wiltshire Council.

SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity is the nation’s oldest tri-service charity and has been operating in Salisbury since before the First World War.

To celebrate all things military, the Wiltshire branch of SSAFA commissioned a series of commemorative panels, based on postcards of the First World War.

Participants were invited to create designs expressing thanks to the military and the role they play in protecting the community.

Workshops were held at this year’s Chalke Valley History Festival, and at the library itself on Armed Forces Day.

The postcards have now been mounted on a series of panels, in and around Salisbury Library.

The gate panels will remain outside the library over the Christmas period, before being placed inside the library itself.