Memorial presented to Long Sutton Royal British Legion

From left: Mina Houssain, Legion branch chairman Dave Wilson and Tony Button with the memorial. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG130914-105TW
From left: Mina Houssain, Legion branch chairman Dave Wilson and Tony Button with the memorial. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG130914-105TW
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A memorial to all who fell in World War 1 was presented to Long Sutton Royal British Legion.

It was handed over at the Residents’ Histories of World War 1 commemorative exhibition.

Mina Houssain’s late grandfather, popularly known for many years as Coco the Clown, served in the war and survived, though he was injured.

As a tribute to him and to all the other men “on all sides” who fought, Mina created a kiln-fired glass memorial depicting poppies which was presented to Tony Button at the Legion’s hall in Long Sutton on Saturday.

As well as being the Legion’s branch poppy day appeal superviser, Tony is vice-chairman of Long Sutton & District Civic Society, which organised the Word War 1 exhibition.

Glassmaking is something that Mina does when she is at home in Fosdyke.

At other times Mina follows in her grandfather’s footsteps as director and owner of Circus Hassani.

Mina learned her skills from her acrobat parents, who founded the circus, but as an adult wanted to do her own thing.

She ended up as one of the few female illusionists, although she does not perform these days. Now, she designs and creates costumes as well as directing the circus, the first in the UK not to use performing animals.