A primary school in Gateshead is preparing for its own Tower of London-style installation of ceramic poppies.

It is one of a series of events happening across the North East this week in the run-up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27th June.

Children at St St Aidan's C of E Primary School, in Teams, will be planting a sea of poppies later today.

It will mark the end of a project commemorating First World War and the Bensham tram accident in 1916. In that tragedy, a local family and a soldier who was on leave from the from the frontline in Europe were killed by a runaway tram.

230 ceramic poppies will be planted in a memorial garden in the school, which was funded by a £7,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The school has been inspired by the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red exhibition, which saw nearly 9,000 ceramic poppies laid outside the Tower of London to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War last year.