Across Knowsley, people of all ages were remembering the fallen in the run up to Remembrance Sunday on November 11.
This year marked the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, making commemorations all the more poignant.
Civic Acts of Remembrance took place in Huyton, Kirkby and Prescot on Sunday, 11 November. There were also more localised events, organised by Town and Parish Councils and local churches.
At Prescot cemetery, the council has joined forces with the Friends group of volunteers to create a breathtaking field of poppies at the town’s War Memorial.
The installation can be seen until Friday, 16 November.
At Knowsley Council’s Older People’s Day Centre in Huyton, a lasting memorial to those who lost their lives in the two World Wars was unveiled, and is now taking pride of place in a new community garden used by locals.
The slate memorial plaque has been created following a fundraising drive by service users at the day centre on Roby Road, who were keen to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War with a permanent feature in the garden. Community donations paid for the materials for the plaque, which was the brainchild of day centre regular Tony Beech. Read more about the memorial.
A WWI Centenary Celebration Concert took place at Prescot Parish Church on Friday, 9 November, featuring Parr Brass Band with an evening of music and readings to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War 1. All proceeds went to the Poppy Appeal.
The Kirkby Collaborative of Schools held its own evening of music, songs, poems and readings, as part of the ‘100 years – Kirkby Remembers’ event at Kirkby High School on Friday, 9 November.
The event was an opportunity for the community to come together and give thanks for peace whilst remembering members of the armed forces who have lost their lives in 100 years of conflict.
In Cronton, a Beacon was lit on Pex Hill on the evening of Remembrance Sunday.
The Parish Council was one of only three organisations in Merseyside registered to light a beacon as part of the ‘Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute’, which saw 1,000 lights lit across the country at 7pm on the 11 November 2018.
Meanwhile, hand-knitted poppies were sold by a group of service users at the Kirkby Resource Centre for Older People ahead of Remembrance Day, with all proceeds going to the Royal British Legion.
Knowsley Archives are also celebrating good news – they have been successful in a £9,500 National Lottery Funding bid to help conserve the fascinating diary of John Pulman, who served in the navy in World War 1. The diary documents some of the incredible places John went, and the people he met – and how he helped entertain his camp as part of a band known as ‘The Dudes’.
And there’s no need to wait until – extracts from the diary, including photographs, are now being posted to a dedicated Twitter account, @diaryofthedude.
Tommy the WWI soldier has arrived. You will all meet him tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/m7eI8Rt3zR
— SMAAASchool (@SMAAASchool) October 31, 2018
As part of the ‘There But Not Here’ campaign by a charity called ‘Remember’, the full-sized silhouette of soldier ‘Tommy’ is touring schools in the borough. This poignant installation serves as a reminder of all those who lost their lives in conflict and are no longer with us and has really captured the imagination of students as they learn about the WW1 centenary in class.
But that’s not the only way in which schools across Knowsley are doing their bit to commemorate Remembrance this year. Many have taken to Twitter to share photographs of the creative ways in which children’s are learning about and commemorating Remembrance this year.
Here are some of those tweets shared by Knowsley schools so far:
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