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Tommies stand tall to help Sefton mark Remembrance commemorations

Six foot tall ‘Tommies’ will stand proudly across Sefton as the borough continues to mark the centenary commemorations for the end of World War One.

The figures will now go on display from Friday November 2 at Bootle Town Hall and Southport’s Atkinson Arts Centre ahead of the borough’s Remembrance services.

Created by the Remembered charity, the Tommy figures are designed to be a striking symbol to commemorate the fallen, educate future generations and heal those suffering from combat related PTSD.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “The Tommies we will have on display acts as a token of remembrance and helps build awareness of what we are doing to mark the centenary.

“The figures are based on a photograph by Horace Nicholls, whose eldest son, George, died at Arras in 1917 at the age of 22.

“At Sefton we are incredibly proud of what we are doing to mark this momentous anniversary, from our Beyond The War Memorials project to our support of the Royal British Legion’s events calendar.

“I would encourage everyone to come down to either Bootle Town Hall or the Atkinson from November 2 to see these breathtaking figures and pause to reflect on the events and impact of the 1914-18 conflict.”

For more information about Sefton events to mark 100 years since the end of World War One, as well as Remembrance services across the borough, visit www,mysefton.co.uk/category/ww1-centenery-year

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