Don't forget the Elmbridge Remembers WWI commemoration event

Anniversary: 100 years since the Great War

Service: William Hatten

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A day of remembrance to mark the centenary of World War I, hosted by Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, takes place next month.

Organisers asked Elmbridge residents to bring mementos, such as photos of loved ones, memorabilia and documents to help experts and researchers record objects and stories of the World War I period for the Elmbridge Remembers project.

The meeting takes place from 11am to 4pm on Sunday, May 11.

Ian Burrows, head of leisure and cultural services for Elmbridge Council said: “The idea behind this event is to make it your day. It’s a chance for the public to bring along family items, recollections and stories of the events that changed the world forever, anything from a favourite recipe to medals of honour and from stories of the front line to tales of the home front.”

Researchers are also looking for photos of soldiers who fought in the war for a special visual project, especially those soldiers whose names appear on war memorials across Elmbridge.

Co-ordinators of the project aim to connect the borough’s links to the war efforts, offer a chance to learn from the experiences, recollections and objects provided by Elmbridge residents, and create a lasting legacy of remembrance of World War I for the benefit of all generations.

The World War I open day is also sponsored by the Elmbridge Council, the RC Sherriff Trust and Elmbridge Museum.

For more information, visit elmbridge.gov.uk/ww1/default.htm.

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