Legion’s two key events in Barrowford

Samples of the lovely RBL paintings available.
Samples of the lovely RBL paintings available.

Royal British Legion’s Nelson and District Branch is staging two key events in Barrowford tomorrow.

There will be the chance to buy paintings by ex-service personnel, which will be on show at Holmefield House.

Michael and Christine Sutcliff with samples of some  pictures available.

Michael and Christine Sutcliff with samples of some pictures available.

And there will also be a chance to see pictures of the First World War, as well as those taken on a trip to France and Belgium by five Marsden Heights Community College students to learn more about the tragic deaths there 100 years ago.

RBL Welfare Officer Michael Sutcliff explained that both his group and Veterans in the Community, in Rossendale, are working to support those with post traumatic stress disorder.

He explained: “These paintings are all by ex-Service people. They are doing the painting as part of a therapy course. In Rossendale, they have been selling them to raise money to help the veterans.”

The display is open to the public from 10am to 3pm tomorrow.

Marsden Heights students at First World War graves in France. (S)

Marsden Heights students at First World War graves in France. (S)

The local RBL branch is also encouraging people from the Asian community to remember relatives involved in the war. He said: “There are lots of Indian names on the lists of victims, many Indians took part in the First World War.”

Tomorrow’s photo exhibition is being put on by the students who travelled to First World War sites in September: Mancy Mariyathas, Nirmen Al Baytay, Lois Myles-Hargreaves, Amaiki Naeem and Zainab Naz. Mr Sutcliff and his wife, Christine, travelled with them.

They visited many graveyards; viewed an Indian monument at Menin Gate; Thiepval Memorial and Talbot House, which was visited by thousands of soldiers in 1915, in the project which formed part of a Heritage Lottery-funded project co-ordinated by Brierfield Action in the Community and Participation Works NW.

The girls, Mr and Mrs Sutcliff, Lynne Blackburn from Participation Works and Mrs Lynne Mitchell, from Brierfield Action in the Community, also visited the Imperial War Museum in London, Brighton Pavilion (used as a hospital in the First World War) and many other locations and were helped in their research by Nelson’s Mr Fred Stringer, the RBL historian.

The RBL’s coffee morning will also be held at Holmefield House, in Gisburn Road, from 10am to 3pm and the group’s new office will also be open as well for the public to see.

Mr Sutcliff said: “Please take a little time out, have a look at our history from a young person’s eyes – we promise you a rewarding surprise.”