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Breckland Council announces new First World War heritage fund

PUBLISHED: 12:01 03 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:45 03 April 2018

100th anniversary commemoration and dedication service for Victoria Cross recipient, Arthur Cross, at All Saints Church, Shipdham. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

100th anniversary commemoration and dedication service for Victoria Cross recipient, Arthur Cross, at All Saints Church, Shipdham. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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A council in Norfolk has created a fund to support organisations and communities that wish to stage events that conserve the heritage of the First World War.

To mark the centenary year of the armistice, Breckland District Council has created the Breckland World War One Heritage Fund.

It is aimed at providing grants of up to £500 to support a wide range of projects. This could include documenting the war through film or audio recordings, collecting personal stories and memories of those affected by the war, staging exhibitions, producing books or organising talks.

Paul Claussen of Breckland Council said: “Marking this centenary reminds us all of the terrible consequences of war and the sacrifices made. We have a duty to honour the brave servicemen who fought and died in the conflict, and the families they left behind.

“We hope that by supporting local communities to develop their own commemorative projects, the memories and the lessons learned will pass on to future generations. This is the most fitting tribute we can make.”

Breckland recently donated towards a commemorative stone unveiled in Shipdham, in memory of Norfolk war hero Arthur Henry Cross.

Further details on the new scheme are on the council website.

MORE: Commemorative stone unveiled in memory of Norfolk war hero

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