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Weekend planned to mark war centenary

12:00 04 January 2014

Remembrance Day service at North Walsham war memorial.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Remembrance Day service at North Walsham war memorial. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2013

North Walsham is planning a major weekend of commemorations to mark this year’s centenary of the outbreak of the first world war.

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Period music, marching, displays, re-enactments, drama, films, memorabilia and research projects are all being planned as part of the two-day event, on September 6-7.

Organisers hope to involve all sections of the community and are especially keen to include local youth groups to ensure the horrors of what became known as the Great War are never forgotten, and that future generations learn its lessons.

Activities will all take place in and around the town’s Atrium building, attached to North Walsham High School, on Spenser Avenue.

David Audley, Poppy Appeal organiser for North Walsham and a member of the commemoration weekend steering committee, said the government had approached Royal British Legion branches around the country asking them to organise events marking the centenary of the 1914-1918 war.

“We thought that if we were going to do this in North Walsham, we should do a decent job,” he said.

“An awful lot of people made a very big sacrifice for the benefit of all of us and that should never be forgotten, in the hope that it will never happen again. And it’s the youth who can make sure it doesn’t.”

A living history group will be present in 1914-1918 uniforms, and Mike Ling, chairman of the North Walsham and District Community Archive Group, has begun researching local men who were honoured for their role in the conflict.

There are also possibilities that a youth drama group could stage a performance.

What are you or your community doing to mark the centenary? Email newsdesk@archant.co.uk

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