Kieron Palmer, owner of Palmers Bakery in Haughley, has erected handcrafted hardwood silhouettes in tribute to the villagers who lost their lives in the two World Wars on the town’s village green.
The bakery has issued a call out to locals to stand on their doorsteps – amid social distancing guidelines – on Wednesday, 11 November to observe the two minute silence at 11am (UTC).
Palmers Bakery – located on the village green – is also selling poppy biscuits and muffins to raise money for the Royal British Legion.
Mark the realities of war
“I really wanted to do something for the community to mark the realities of war and the true scale of the loss of life. Each of those soldiers are stood there now, just as they did when they first left the village to go to war,” said Palmer.
“We are pleased to be able to support the Royal British Legion with the sales made of our poppy themed biscuits and muffins, too.”
Karen Dear, director of Operations at the Craft Bakers Association (CBA) – of which Palmers Bakery is a member – added, “So many of our member bakers are an integral part of their local community and Kieron is an inspiring example.”
Palmer and his father (fourth and fifth generation) run Palmers Bakery, which was established in 1869, making it the ‘oldest family baker in Suffolk’. According to the baker, bread is freshly baked daily using tradition methods and recipes handed down by the family and fellow Master Bakers.
Deemed an ‘essential business supplying food to the public’, the bakery remains open during the current lockdown.