A SHOWER of love tokens was dropped from the balcony of Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum to mark Remembrance Day .

Created by Worcester artist Kate Brookes, the tokens were made out of tissue paper and inspired by the sweet heart pin cushions created by injured soldiers during the First World War. The display was part of the World War One: In the Words of Worcestershire People exhibition, which features in the Worcestershire World War One Hundred Project.

Helen Annetts, project publicist, explained: "Sweet heart pin cushions were made by soldiers and not women sending them to the front, which was commonly thought. They were an early form of occupational therapy. The soldiers were given the materials, glass beads, woven mottoes and regimental badges and from their hospital beds would hand sew them, fill them with sawdust and decorate them. The pin cushions were posted home to their mothers, wives, girlfriends and sisters to encourage the people left behind on the Home Front not to forget them. The hearts, or love tokens, are an extension of this idea."