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Southport Visiter - - Visiter Life - BY CHRISTY BYRNE christy.byrne@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @ByrneChristy

HOLY Trin­ity Church is gear­ing up to com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of the end of WWI with a series of events ac­knowl­edg­ing South­port’s con­tri­bu­tion to the two world wars, and other con­flicts over the past 100 years.

The com­m­mem­o­ra­tion events start this Fri­day (Novem­ber 9) at 7.30pm with a free screen­ing of the movie Jour­ney’s End, and will con­tinue through­out Re­mem­brance week­end.

Vis­i­tors will be able to en­joy a gallery of images and sto­ries, live po­etry read­ings with peo­ple dressed as WWI soldiers, a warthemed flower fes­ti­val, video re­ports, schools par­tic­i­pa­tion, sil­hou­ettes, talks from spe­cial guests, orig­i­nal art­work and more be­tween 10am and 4pm this Satur­day.

This Sun­day there will be a Re­mem­brance Ser­vice with a two -minute si­lence and the lay­ing of wreaths.

Joy Al­dred, mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer of Trin­ity Arts, said: “At the be­gin­ning of the year we put out an ap­peal for sto­ries about WWI, but also WWII and other bat­tles.

“I was amazed by the re­sponse we had, I had a lo­cal his­to­rian con­tact me, var­i­ous peo­ple who have had grand­par­ents or even a fa­ther who was in the war that have fol­lowed up those sto­ries.

“We have them here on boards, we have their pho­to­graphs.

“It’s just amaz­ing, we had some­body who was a pris­oner of war in WWI, and wrote a di­ary that we have, a pris­oner of war from WWII and we’ve got their di­ary.

“One young lady at the time who is now 95 was a bar­rage bal­loon op­er­a­tor in Lon­don dur­ing WWII, and has shared her story.

“There’s quite a num­ber of peo­ple from this church who fought in the first and sec­ond world wars, and they’re on the memo­rial out­side the church as well as in­side the church.

“We’re go­ing to have an amaz­ing flower fes­ti­val, with 21 dif­fer­ent sites of flow­ers to rep­re­sent Re­mem­brance week­end, so some of them will have sand­bags and barbed wire, some of them will be hel­mets, it will be all around the church with some of them out­side.

“It’s more than just a few pop­pies and a few flow­ers, they’re go­ing to tell a story. Each of the names of peo­ple who fought in the wars are rep­re­sented on these pop­pies that will be part of the flower fes­ti­val.

“It’s go­ing to be an amaz­ing part of the ex­hi­bi­tion.”

The com­mem­o­ra­tion events will start with a free view­ing of Jour­ney’s End at Holy Trin­ity – with do­na­tions to Com­bat Stress in­vited.

Joy promised that Satur­day will fea­ture some grip­ping sto­ries.

“On Satur­day we be­gin at 10 o’clock with this in­ter­ac­tive ex­hi­bi­tion.

“The fa­ther of one of the peo­ple that con­tacted me was in WWI, but that’s all the son knew.

“When his fa­ther died he opened a cup­board, and it was full of mem­ro­bilia from that time.

“The son is com­ing and he is bring­ing all that with him, orig­i­nal cig­a­rette boxes, the orig­i­nal books the soldiers would have had, and he’s go­ing to be on hand to talk about it.”

Joy added: “We’ll also have two po­ets dressed as WWI soldiers and two or three times an hour they’ll

The mul­ti­me­dia ex­hi­bi­tion which just one of the World War I com­mem­o­ra­tion events tak­ing place in South­port this week­end

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