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Heacham to mark 100 years since outbreak of Great War

HEACHAM GREAT WAR COMMEMORATION           (LN 23.01.14/HEGW)
 
Brian Griffin by the war memorial on which are inscribed the names of all those Heacham residents who gave their lives in the Great War which is to be commemorated by a special three-day event in the parish church in June

HEACHAM GREAT WAR COMMEMORATION (LN 23.01.14/HEGW) Brian Griffin by the war memorial on which are inscribed the names of all those Heacham residents who gave their lives in the Great War which is to be commemorated by a special three-day event in the parish church in June

The sights, sounds and atmosphere of the First World War will be recreated in Heacham at a special three-day centenary event in the summer.

St Mary’s Parish Church is staging a Festival of Poppies – A Commemoration of the Great War 1914-1918 – between June 20 and 22.

Church supporters are hoping to give visitors a taste of what was experienced by those who took part in what was optimistically called The War to End all Wars – and are encouraging local residents to get involved.

Pupils from Heacham’s infant and junior schools will be providing photographic and artwork contributions.

Meanwhile, residents are being asked to lend their own memorabilia, artefacts and even the handed-down spoken memories of their forebears to make the event as comprehensive and successful as possible.

The event, organised by a six-strong committee, will see a replica of a trench in the church entrance, with displays inside covering every aspect of the war.

Visitors will be able to listen to the sounds and watch films of the era, learn about the role of the Red Cross nurses, and take in an illustrated talk on the impact of the Great War on Heacham.

There will also be poppy displays in St Mary’s church organised in conjunction with the Parish Council, which is planning a mass planting of thousands of the bright red flowers all around the village.

Anyone wishing to contribute items to any of the displays should contact church warden and events committee member Brian Griffin via email at: griffin568@btinternet.com

 

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