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Community events to remember the war

Bill Halliwell, 91, from Swinley, Royal Navy Artic Regions veteran

Bill Halliwell, 91, from Swinley, Royal Navy Artic Regions veteran

WIGANERS can take part in a whole range of events to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One over the next few weeks.

Libraries across the borough will be creating huge walls of poppies, the flowers that became associated with remembering the fallen due to the poem Flanders Fields by John McCrae, with adults and children alike encouraged to join in the poppy making and add it to the display.

A free exhibition at the Museum of Wigan Life, which sees local artists working with the Veterans Council to create pieces based on the stories of local people and those who took part in the war, opens on August 16 running until November 30.

The Library Street museum will also hold an event telling the story of the horses which were picked to serve on the front line run by historian Nigel Neil on September 6, priced at £2.50.

To see the full programme of events, visit ww.wlct.org/wigan or www.facebook.com/Wigan100

 

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