The unveiling of a diamond ring made from the ashes of love letters will take place next week.

Last year's Heritage Open Days saw the people of Oswestry write love letters in honour of Gilbert Bradley and Gordon Bowsher, the Second World War soldiers who sent over 300 letters while Gilbert was based at Park Hall training camp.

The ashes of letters written last year were turned into a diamond, which will be placed on a ring and will be exhibited at Oswestry Town Hall.

The ring is to be presented at the Gilbert and Gordon Tea Dance, which will take place on Saturday, February 24 at the Oswestry Memorial Hall.

Oswestry Town Museum curator, Mark Hignett, said that the diamond has doubled in size from original plans.

"We originally planned for the diamond to be a quarter carat, but the designer has increased it to a half carat," said Mark.

"The ash that is left over will be turned into pencils, so that other people can write love letters using pencils made of love letter."

The Tea Dance will be an annual event, taking place from 2pm to 6pm with the ring being presented at 5pm.

It costs £3 to enter, with a 1940s theme so guests are advised to wear their best 40s attire.

There will also be tea dance lessons to take guests back to the era.

"We've made this an annual event, and we're planning to do this up until 2041, which will the 100th anniversary of the letters," said Mark.

"When I bought these letter, I had no idea all of this would be happening. It's amazing."