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Open session for First World War centenary plans

A visualisation of the South Ribble Council war memorial, off Watkin Lane, between Leyland and Lostock Hall

A visualisation of the South Ribble Council war memorial, off Watkin Lane, between Leyland and Lostock Hall

Members of the public are invited to a special drop-in session organised by South Ribble Council to discuss ongoing plans for the commemoration of the beginning of the First World War.

The session will be on Thursday, May 1, at the Civic Centre, West Paddock, Leyland, from 4pm to 7pm.

Anyone who has an interest or a connection with the First World War and would like to get involved with the council’s plans is urged to attend.

A number of initiatives are already taking place across the borough, including proposals to build a war memorial between Leyland and Lostock Hall.

Plans to create a special film called ‘Our Lives’, documenting South Ribble’s involvement in the war and set to original compositions from local musicians, is also in the pipeline, along with ideas for a display at the South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre.

The council’s Armed Forces Champion, Coun Alan Ogilvie, said: “We want the community to get involved and to help mark this significant moment in history that dramatically affected so many lives across South Ribble.

“We’d like to hear local residents’ stories and see any pictures or memorabilia that you may wish to be included in the museum exhibition, or as part of the ‘Our Lives’ documentary.

“There’ll also be a chance to see the latest plans for the new memorial and to tell us your ideas for commemorative events that you’d like to see included over the next four years.

“Everyone is welcome and I look forward to seeing lots of residents dropping in on the evening to tell us what they think.”

Coun Ogilvie and council officers working on the commemorative plans will be available on the night to help record stories and talk about the council initiatives.

 

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