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