The young people in the Longridge area have taken part and helped to organise many of the commemoration events marking the hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War.
Photos of the many ‘foot soldiers’ from five primary schools who had ‘The World War One Experience’ at Barnacre Road primary school, filled two News pages two weeks ago with their scenes of training and battle.
Local relatives of the fallen were traced, interviewed and recorded by St Cecilia’s High School pupils, who also took part in a memorial service at St Wilfrid’s RC Church and planted poppy seeds in the school’s memorial garden.
Their memorial items make up part of the comprehenisve and successful WW1 exhibition at the Heritage Centre, and early in August it was the turn of families to learn what life was like in 1914.
Longridge Library held a family-friendly event discovering that year early last century, how people lived at home, at work and at play during the war years.
About 15 children took part. Items were borrowed from the Museums Loan Service for schools, “so the children were able to handle items that would have been used in the home or at work or at play,” manager Audrey Taylor explained. “It was a very successful day.”