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Memories of wartime life needed for centenary
TOWNSFOLK in Fordingbridge are being urged to come forward with family stories, memories and photographs of life during the First World War to mark its centenary next year.
Fordingbridge Town Council is organising a rolling programme of events to mark 100 years since the outbreak of war in 1914.
And while Fordingbridge Mayor Malcolm Connolly will not be celebrating the advent of war, he is planning on a huge knees-up in 2018 to mark the end of war.
Fordingbridge Mayor Malcolm Connolly said: “The advent of the war is not something that we really want to celebrate, so our biggest event will be held to mark the war’s end.
“However we are going to publish a small book of commemoration and there will be events held throughout the town between 2014 – 2018, to commemorate the battles and all those who lost their lives.
“We want to attract as many people as possible to get involved with this centenary. Really, 100 years is not that long ago and there must be hundreds of people who have relatives who served the country during the war who would like to tell their stories.”
Mr Connolly said he wanted to see more children go on cultural exchanges to Vimoutiers to visit the battlefields in France.
“It is so important that our own children know the history of such a huge and traumatic event, which shaped our lives and our future,” he said.
St Mary’s Church will be holding an alternative event instead of their annual Carpet of Flowers, to remember the outbreak of war in August.
And Mr Connolly said that he wanted all those soldiers from Fordingbridge who died during war and are remembered on the Memorial gates to be researched, to build a picture of their lives and families.
He added: “It is so important that we pull together as a community for this occasion.”
If anyone has any information, stories or ideas they should contact Fordingbridge Town Council on 01425 654134.
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