Poignant events to mark WWI cen­te­nary

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE - ANDY RUSH andy.rush@reach­plc.com

A SE­RIES of poignant events are planned in Charn­wood to mark 100 years since the end of World War One.

Charn­wood Bor­ough Coun­cil is co­or­di­nat­ing and sup­port­ing the events on Sun­day Novem­ber 11, 2018 and is call­ing on res­i­dents to get in­volved.

One of the fo­cal points will be a full­size replica warhorse, cov­ered with pop­pies made by lo­cal chil­dren, which will make a jour­ney from Charn­wood Mu­seum to the town cen­tre.

There will also be events in Lough­bor­ough town cen­tre, in­clud­ing a live show­case plus a big screen, a tea dance at Lough­bor­ough Town Hall as well as the an­nual Re­mem­brance Day pa­rade end­ing with a ser­vice at the Car­il­lon where thou­sands of pop­pies will cas­cade from the top.

A new Charn­wood Her­itage Plaque will also be un­veiled in the Mar­ket Place as a last­ing re­minder of the troops who gath­ered there be­fore heading off for the Great War. A bea­con will also be lit in Queen’s Park.

The Mayor of Charn­wood, Coun Chris­tine Har­ris, said: “We shall never for­get the sac­ri­fices made by pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions to en­sure we re­tained our free­dom.

“As this year marks 100 years since the end of the Great War we are plan­ning a se­ries of events which we be­lieve will be a fit­ting trib­ute to those who gave their lives.”

The coun­cil is cur­rently looking for an artist to cre­ate a full-size horse in mem­ory of Song­ster – a warhorse from Lough­bor­ough who served be­tween 1914 and 1918 and re­mark­ably made it back to the town safely. (Turn to page 11)

It is said Song­ster was a hand­some, in­tel­li­gent chest­nut geld­ing who sur­vived many tri­als and tribu­la­tions and re­ceived sev­eral medals for his brav­ery. The dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tions was this week.

The coun­cil is also in­ter­ested in hear­ing from groups and peo­ple around the bor­ough about what they are do­ing to mark the end of World War One.

All events can be pro­moted on the coun­cil’s web­site and via so­cial media. Sim­ply email events@charn­wood.gov.uk.

The events on Novem­ber 11 will in­clude:

• The an­nual Re­mem­brance Day pa­rade in Lough­bor­ough with the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion and other lo­cal groups, end­ing with a ser­vice at the Car­il­lon Tower in Queen’s Park with the tra­di­tional, poignant cas­cade of pop­pies

• The un­veil­ing of a Charn­wood Her- itage Plaque in Lough­bor­ough Mar­ket Place as a last­ing re­minder of the troops who gath­ered there be­fore go­ing to war

• A live show­case event in the Mar­ket Place plus a big screen show­ing footage which pays re­spect to those in Charn­wood af­fected by the war

• A tea dance at Lough­bor­ough Town Hall

• A pro­ces­sion of Song­ster and in the run-up to the day chil­dren will make pop­pies to dec­o­rate the life-size model horse

• The light­ing of a bea­con in Queen’s Park at 7pm as part of a nationwide bea­con-light­ing scheme. Bea­cons were lit af­ter the war to sym­bol­ise the ‘light of hope’ that emerged from the dark­ness af­ter the four long years of war.

• A recital at the Car­il­lon just af­ter 7pm when church bells across the coun­try are be­ing urged to join a na­tional peal of bells

• The Sock Gallery at Lough­bor­ough Town Hall will also be host­ing a fam­ily work­shop to cre­ate a me­mo­rial quilt inspired by World War One sou­venir cards.

There will also be a range of com­mem­o­ra­tive ex­hi­bi­tions and work­shops in Charn­wood Mu­seum and Lough­bor­ough Town Hall in the runup to the day.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www.charn­wood.gov.uk/ww1

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