Melon-craft is artist’s strik­ing memo­rial

Macclesfield Express - - REMEMBRANCE EVENTS -

AN artist famed for cre­at­ing elab­o­rate pump­kin de­signs has cre­ated a trib­ute to Ar­mistice Day us­ing a wa­ter­melon.

Darren Ban­naghan’s ex­tra­or­di­nary cre­ations for Hal­loween have been an on­line hit.

Now the 46-year-old has taken his tools to a melon to carve a First World War sol­dier pay­ing trib­ute at the grave of a dead sol­dier, us­ing the pink flesh of the melon to cre­ate a strik­ing im­age of a poppy.

Darren, who lives in Mac­cles­field, has also carved a Spit­fire fly­ing above the mov­ing scene and the words ‘Lest We For­get’ in a fi­nal act of trib­ute to those who lost their lives in con­flict.

Darren started carv­ing pump­kins for fam­ily and friends five years ago, of­ten dis­play­ing his cre­ations out­side his home on Wil­ton Cres­cent, on the We­ston, where he lives with wife Rachel.

He has also worked with ce­ram­ics, wood and cake.

Darren’s wa­ter­melon isn’t the first un­usual and strik­ing trib­ute cre­ated in Mac­cles­field. In 2014 a poppy was painted onto White Nancy to com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of the start of the First World War.

His stun­ning wa­ter­melon trib­ute

Darren Ban­naghan

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