Tom­mies in ‘stand’ to mark peace

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SIX-FOOT tall ‘Tom­mies’ will stand proudly across Sefton as the bor­ough con­tin­ues to mark the cen­te­nary com­mem­o­ra­tions for the end of World War One.

The fig­ures went on dis­play last Fri­day at Boo­tle Town Hall and South­port’s Atkin­son Arts Cen­tre ahead of the bor­ough’s Re­mem­brance ser­vices.

Cre­ated by the Re­mem­bered char­ity, the Tommy fig­ures are de­signed to be a strik­ing sym­bol to com­mem­o­rate the fallen, ed­u­cate fu­ture gen­er­a­tions and heal those suf­fer­ing from com­bat re­lated PTSD.

Cllr Tr­ish Hardy, Sefton Coun­cil’s Cab­i­net Mem­ber for Com­mu­ni­ties and Hous­ing, said: “The Tom­mies we have on dis­play act as a to­ken of re­mem­brance and helps build aware­ness of what we are do­ing to mark the cen­te­nary.

“The fig­ures are based on a pho­to­graph by Ho­race Ni­cholls, whose el­dest son, Ge­orge, died at Ar­ras in 1917 at the age of 22.

“At Sefton we are in­cred­i­bly proud of what we are do­ing to mark this mo­men­tous an­niver­sary, from our Be­yond The War Memo­ri­als project to our sup­port of the Royal Bri­tish Legion’s events cal­en­dar.

“I would en­cour­age ev­ery­one to come down to ei­ther Boo­tle Town Hall or the Atkin­son to see these breath­tak­ing fig­ures and pause to re­flect on the events and im­pact of the 1914-18 con­flict.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about Sefton events to mark 100 years since the end of World War One, as well as Re­mem­brance ser­vices across the bor­ough, visit www.my­sefton.co.uk/cat­e­gory/ww1-cen­ten­ery-year

As part of the on­go­ing 100 Years com­mem­o­ra­tions to mark the end of World War One, South­port based group Trin­ity Arts are put­ting to­gether a spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion on the Great War.

The group, based at Holy Trin­ity Church on Hoghton Street, will be put­ting on a spe­cial dis­play fea­tur­ing South­port sto­ries and pho­tos of the time.

There will also be dance, drama, talks, po­etry, a spe­cial ser­vice, and sil­hou­ettes.

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust granted the max­i­mum num­ber of sil­hou­ettes for use, as part of its na­tional aim to bring com­mu­ni­ties to­gether to “re­mem­ber those who went to war and did not re­turn.”

Tak­ing place this com­ing week­end, Satur­day and Sun­day, Novem­ber 10 & 11, the ex­hi­bi­tion will also in­clude:

● Live po­etry read­ings with peo­ple dressed as WW1 sol­diers.

● Orig­i­nal art­work

● Items from WWI on dis­play in­clud­ing orig­i­nal cig­a­rette boxes, a car­toon book fea­tur­ing sol­diers, medals and more.

Bob Ball, sec­re­tary of Trin­ity Arts, said: “Ob­vi­ously this Re­mem­brance is es­pe­cially im­por­tant as it marks 100 years since the end of World War One and we wanted to do some­thing spe­cial to com­mem­o­rate that mo­ment.

“We had men from Holy Trin­ity go to war, and not re­turn, and so the award of the sil­hou­ettes is re­ally won­der­ful as this will bring home to peo­ple the poignancy of those times.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.trin­it­yarts.org.uk.

Sil­hou­ettes seen here in Lon­don are also lo­cated in Boo­tle and South­port

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