Stevenage photographer sells poppy prints for charity

Prints of Mark Bentley's picture Armistance Dawn will be sold to riase money for Blesma, The Limble

Prints of Mark Bentley's picture Armistance Dawn will be sold to riase money for Blesma, The Limbless Veterans and the Royal British Legion. - Credit: Archant

As the sun rose over London on Remembrance Day, the pale dawn light catching the thousands of red ceramic poppies surrounding the Tower of London, Stevenage photographer Mark Bentley pressed the shutter release on his camera.

Mark Bentley

Mark Bentley - Credit: Archant

The resulting image, which he has named Armistice Dawn, will now be sold as a series of limited edition prints to raise money for Blesma, the limbless veterans charity, and the Royal British Legion.

The 51-year-old amateur photographer, pictured right, was inspired to sell his work after a woman approached him at the Tower offering to buy his pictures.

Prints can be bought framed or unframed, with the print run limited to 1,914 to mark the year the First World War began.

Mark, who lives in Poplars, had previously heard about Blesma’s work with injured service personnel after going on an organised tour of RAF Coningsby which raised money for the good cause.

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He said: “One of the provoking thoughts I had while at the Tower of London and viewing the poppies at dawn, was the soldiers waiting for an attack on what was the last day of the war, and then hearing about the ceasefire later in the morning.

“After visiting RAF Coningsby, I wanted to do my bit in some way and this seemed like the perfect way to do so.”

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