When SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, contacted us regarding a structure for their installation at Bristol Cathedral, we had to find out more about this incredible idea. The plan? To lay 19,240 hand-stitched shrouded figures on College Green, Bristol to represent the men who died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme in 1916.
As we were only up the road and were planning to be on-site later in the month to build the UWE Graduation Ceremony pavilion, it made perfect sense for Danco to provide a 30m long structure to house the display boards which detailed the names of the 19,240 brave soldiers. We were able to do this at a favourable rate and with minimal impact on the hallowed ground of College Green.
The event made a memorable impact, not only on the citizens of Bristol, but nationwide. Our structure saw over 80,000 visitors in the 8 days that it sat on College Green and through donations, the charity raised over £17,000! National news coverage was prominent and you can read more on BBC News.
“A very big thank you to the Danco team for the fantastic service you provided for the Shrouds of the Somme in Bristol. The marquee also stood up perfectly to some pretty awful weather! Very best wishes” Mel, Shrouds of the Somme