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King's Lynn film maker invited to Westminster commemoration event




Martins Strals in Westminster Abbey (5355311)
Martins Strals in Westminster Abbey (5355311)

A Lynn film maker says he was "humbled" to attend one of the key national commemoration events for the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Over the past four years, Martins Strals, who runs Riarmato Productions, has worked with dozens of organisations to produce a series of animations telling the story of the conflict, called The Great Story.

He was among hundreds of people chosen to attend a special Armistice Day service at Westminster Abbey on Sunday evening, in recognition of their contribution to the collective marking of the war's centenary.

The service was attended by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family, along with senior politicians.

Mr Strals said: "To be present with people who have achieved so much was very, very humbling.

"I think it's a testament to the hard work of all the people involved to record and preserve these events.

"To be there as one of the people involved was amazing."

More than 30 different organisations, including schools and colleges, air cadet groups, charities and local council and housing bodies, have been involved in the project, which benefited from Heritage Lottery funding.

A series of 12 animations, which combined make up a half-hour film were made through the project.

Mr Strals said: “The aim of the project has been to create a unique and universal education tool that shall record and preserve history for the future generations.

“The fact that the individual animations are made entirely by the participants, with the assistance from the production team, gives them a unique opportunity to not just passively learn but to actively engage and create a powerful educational tool for many others.

“Without the funding from Heritage Lottery Project and corporate sponsors we would not have been able to make the project, and allow it to expand and include all of the parties involved.”



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