Authentic posters from the First World War have mysteriously popped up around Colne as part of the town’s centenary commemorations.
The reproductions of original recruitment posts gave been plastered from top to bottom in two precinct shops, and are also scattered in other areas of the town centre.
They range from the jocular “Say, you’d look good in khaki!” to the rather more sinister “There are some who hear the call and obey, there are some who delay and there are the others… which are you?”.
Colne Town Council events committee chair Coun. Dorothy Lord said: “We are attempting to recreate the feel our town had one hundred years ago.
“In those days, without television, or the Internet, or even radio, posters were the number one way of communicating, apart from newspapers like the Colne Times, of course.
“All of this is prior to the biggest event we have ever staged: Colne Commemorates the Great War” on Saturday, August, 2nd.”
Among activities set to take place during the day is a recreation of an authentic recruitment hall. Taking place at The Gables, “new recruits” will be sought and then put through their paces by Tommies from Lancashire Museums Service.
Amateur dramatics groups will also flood the town with century old memories at indoor and outdoor venues all over Colne. The day formally begins with a veterans’ and cadets’ parade, which will form up at The British Legion at 9.45 a.m. and march with the Accrington Pipe Band to Colne’s War Memorial where a short service will be held.
In addition, The Little Theatre will be taken over all day as a venue for short talks and films, while The Hippodrome will be requisitioned as a trench experience and medical clearing station. The town council is even recreating its canteen for those left behind with the original menu in a marquee outside the market.
Visit www.colnetowncouncil.org.uk for more information on the “Colne Commemorates” event.