Great War memories at Colne Town Hall

The Mayor of Pendle Coun. Rosemary Carroll (centre) with mayoress Carol Belshaw-Goulthorp (left) and Ribble Valley Mayor Coun. Joyce Holgate at the Colne Commemorates event earlier in the year (s)
The Mayor of Pendle Coun. Rosemary Carroll (centre) with mayoress Carol Belshaw-Goulthorp (left) and Ribble Valley Mayor Coun. Joyce Holgate at the Colne Commemorates event earlier in the year (s)
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Colne Commemorates has already staged two successful events to mark the anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War and a third is planned for Saturday.

Events in 2014 and earlier this year featured talks, films, re-enactments, folk music, brass bands, Knurr and Spell, crafts and period catering, as well as a screening of the iconic 1916 film, The Battle of the Somme.

And these will be followed tomorrow when Colne Town Council mounts a Colne Commemorates Exhibition at the Town Hall from 10am to 5pm.

Town Council Chairman Coun. Sarah Cockburn-Price said: “There was so much happening that it is likely that even people who attended both events missed something.

“We are immensely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund whose extra funding allowed us to fund the information boards and our outreach programme to local primary schools.

“We thought it sensible to bring together the films, pictures, artwork and information boards in one place, so we are assembling everything in the Council Chamber.”

The Exhibition is also an opportunity to enter the Town Hall through its double front doors, enjoy its grand main staircase and savour the atmosphere of its unspoilt late Victorian Council Chamber.

Eleanor Jolley, who was responsible for co-ordinating both Colne Commemorates events, said: “Having started this Colne Commemorates project with the patriotic fervour of 1914, we have now shown the more sober reality of the start of the Battle of the Somme, which affected so many men and families from East Lancashire. We shall complete the story in 2018 when we look at the centenary of the Armistice and the end of the War. This Exhibition tells the story of the Home Front in Colne and I think throws up quite a few surprises.”

The third and final event in the Colne Commemorates series will be held on August 4th, 2018. There will be a parade, activities, drama and music throughout the town to commemorate the last 100 days of The Great War.