Tyne & Wear

Woodhorn's falling poppies push up local economy

The Weeping Window ceramic poppies Image copyright Colin Davison
Image caption The poppies cascaded from the winding wheel of the old colliery, now a scheduled ancient monument

The "weeping window" poppy sculpture at a Northumberland museum has contributed almost £1.8m to the local economy.

Woodhorn was the first venue to host a tour of the ceramic flowers, originally displayed at the Tower of London, to mark the centenary of World War One.

The seven-week exhibition between September and November 2015 attracted 125,505 visitors to the mining museum - almost double the same period in 2014.

Figures showed the benefit to the economy amounted to £1,799,370.

Researchers found that at least 12% of visitors were from outside the region, stayed overnight, and accounted for £726,670 in spending.

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