WW1 projects and plans unfold for the August date

The WWI memorial stone at St Wilfrid's RC Church in Longridge
The WWI memorial stone at St Wilfrid's RC Church in Longridge

As the date of August 4 draws near to commemmorate the start of the First World War, local groups continue with their plans for research, an exhibition, tree planting, and a local primary school’s ‘WW1 Experience’ project involving four other primary schools at the beginning of July.

Year 9 pupils at St Cecilia’s High School are currently researching documents on the lives of Longridge men who were killed in the First World War.

Tomorrow afternoon (Thursday) at 1.30pm pupils and relations of the soldiers are to meet to discuss their findings and share stories and memorabilia.

Poems will be read and poppies planted and a memorial service is planned at St Wilfrid’s Church on July 1 at 7.30pm.

Longridge Heritage Centre welcomed Ribchester historian and author Roy Skilbeck to speak on his book on ‘Village Pals’ featuring the 100 men who all enlisted to serve in WW1 on May 20 1915 at Tootle Heights Park. He spoke about their training and their time in the war until Armistice Day in 1918.

The centre is planning an exhibition and continues its request for information or memorabilia from the years of the Great War. Those able to help can contact the centre on 01772 437958, and pledge that all material and documents will be scanned and returned promptly.

A scheme to plant trees in Ribble Valley’s 35 parishes in memory of the borough’s First World War – the Great Wood Scheme – will see oak trees bearing plaques in memory of the hundreds of young Ribble Valley men who lost their lives.

And watch this space for more information about Barnacre Road Primary School ‘WW1 Experience’.