Tommies in ‘stand’ to mark peace
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