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Free screening of WW1 film kicks off week long commemoration

With just a month to go until the WW1 multi media commemoration at Holy Trinity Church, Southport, the latest activity to be included is a free screening of the feature film Journey’s End.

Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, the film, released this year, reveals the story of a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, as they await their fate. The screening (12A) will be at the church on Hoghton Street, Southport, on Friday November 9 at 7.30pm.

Guests are invited to turn up on the evening with entry completely free.

This film kicks off a week of events, organised by Trinity Arts, which includes a gallery of images and stories, live poetry readings with people dressed as WW1 soldiers, a poignant flower display, video reports, schools participation, silhouettes, talks from special guests, and original artwork.

There will also be items from WW1 on display including original cigarette boxes, a cartoon book featuring soldiers, medals and more. Children’s activities will be available, including making a tissue-paper poppy wreath.

Organiser Joy Aldred, of Trinity Arts, said that the event had become much bigger than anyone expected. “Thanks to media coverage, so many people have got in touch to share their families’ stories and their tales are amazing and so poignant.

“They’re not just about WW1, we are also remembering those who fought in WW2. Just a few highlights to mention include diaries from prisoners of war in both conflicts, a story of someone who deserted – because he wanted to fight at the Front, a Southport lass who helped defend London in WW2, by being a barrage balloon operator, and an Untold Story of a soldier in WW1, whose family knew nothing about his experiences until he died.

“Then they discovered a cupboard full of memorabilia, from which we’ve pieced together part of his life at the Front. That memorabilia will be on display on the Saturday and is fascinating.”

A timetable of events will be available nearer the time, meanwhile check out or follow on Facebook @SouthportTrinityArtsFestival

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

Ykids create Garden to Remember to commemorate end of Great War

Sefton OPERA hold afternoon of WW1 remembrance

Lest We Forget – A Night To Remember’ comes to Crosby

Southport Legion hosts special luncheon thanks to Sefton funding





Ykids create Garden to Remember to commemorate end of Great War

Ykids Bootle are set to launch their ‘Lest We Forget – A Garden To Remember’ in North Park as part of Sefton’s ongoing commemorations to mark 100 years since the end of World War One.

For three days, North Park Community Garden in Bootle will be transformed into an emotive garden of remembrance where the community can pause to think, pray and give thanks to those who lost their lives in the Great War.

The garden will be open to the public on November 10 (11am-3pm) and November 11 (12pm-3pm) while November 9 will be dedicated as a private day for schoolchildren to come and learn more about WW1.

As well as meditation and a chance to reflect on all aspects of the war, there will also be a host of informative and educational activities including history lessons of Bootle’s role in the war, poppy crafting, wreath making and the opportunity to taste trench food from the era.

For more information about the Garden please contact Ykids via 0151 944 2111 or visit

Sefton OPERA hold afternoon of WW1 remembrance

Sefton O.P.E.R.A. are set to host a 100 Years of Remembrance event next month to mark the centenary of the end of World War One.

The afternoon of remembrance will take place at Bootle Cricket Club on Wadham Road on Monday November 5 from 12.30pm.

Hosted in partnership with the Veteran’s Foundation and Adactus Housing, the afternoon features the Irish Guard Singers, talks, live entertainment and refreshments.

The event is totally free and for more information please call 0151 330 0479

Lest We Forget – A Night To Remember’ comes to Crosby

The latest in a series of Sefton Council funded events has been announced to help commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One.

‘Lest We Forget – A Night To Remember’ will be hosted by The Royal British Legion’s Crosby Branch, in partnership with Sainsbury’s, and features music and poetry readings to evoke emotive memories of life during World War One.

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, will be present to officially open the evening, which features war poets, songs to raise morale and poems and readings that help recall the most emotional recollections of the Great War.

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Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This year marks the centenary of the end of World War One and we are proud to be able to support various local legions in supporting our communities.

“These events, from quiz nights to poetry readings, go hand in hand with our Beyond The War Memorials campaign as we look to honour our WW1 heroes and heroines from across the geographical area which now makes up Sefton.

The poetry and music evening takes place at St Helen’s Church, Alexandra Road, Crosby on Friday November 2 from 7pm.

Tickets are on sale now from the customer service desk at Sainsbury’s Superstore, Liverpool Road, Crosby.

For more information please call the Crosby Royal British Legion branch office on 0151 924 0721 on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

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