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Formby beach to mark WW1 Centenary with special display

Formby beach will be the focal point for a public commemorative event on November 11 to mark 100 years since Armistice and the end of World War One.

The National Trust will be leading the Pages of the Sea event at Formby Beach, part of a national Armistice Day commemoration project led by film director Danny Boyle to mark 100 years since the end of World War One, with a work by poet Carol Ann Duffy to be read out by participants on the day.

The event centres around the drawing of a large-scale portrait of a casualty from World War One, which will be washed away as the tide comes in. The public will be asked to join in by creating silhouettes of people in the sand, remembering the millions of lives lost or changed forever by the conflict.

Visitors can drop in anytime on Sunday between 9am and 12 noon and are encouraged to use public transport to travel to and from Formby on the day to avoid traffic queues and delays to their visit.

The event is focused around the Board Walk Path at Lifeboat Road, which is a 20-minute walk from Formby Station via Kirklake Road or from Victoria Road car park via the Sefton Coastal Path. Lifeboat Road car park has the best access to the event, via the boardwalk and is most suitable for those with access needs, buggies or wheelchairs.  For more information visit

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