Help shape WWI commemorations

Tuesday 05 February 2013 Updated: 06/02 17:37

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PEOPLE in Worcester can join the frontline in helping to shape the county's own commemorations to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Memories of the 'War to end all wars' will be brought to life at the Guildhall tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am to 4pm where visitors will be encouraged to share their views on how Worcestershire should mark the milestone.

A committee has already started drawing up plans for a packed programme of events to be staged from 2014 to 2018 to coincide with other commemorations taking place across the world.

Battles including the Somme and Gheluvelt will be remembered but the activities will also aim to highlight every aspect of the war effort at home and abroad, including the role played by women in munitions factories and hospitals.

The lives of famous wartime figures including Vesta Tilley, Woodbine Willie and Private Dancox VC will also come under the spotlight.

The committee are still keen to hear people's own ideas to help mark the milestone and the Mayor of Worcester Coun Roger Berry will be joined at the consultation event by centenary partners including Remember the Fallen, Discover History and The Worcestershire Soldier Gallery.

"We want Worcester people to add to the ideas we already have," said Paul Harding from education company Discover History.

"Would you like to see an extra special Remembrance Service in 2018? Would you like to see war memorials adopted by schools? Would you like to know what your ancestor did in the war?"

"From 2014, Worcester will Remember those who served in the war that touched so many."

Discover History will be displaying weapons and equipment from the era while historian and author Malcolm Atkin will also present a display of the First World War's Home Guard, who were known as The Volunteer Training Corps.

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