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Pupils Put Paint to Paper for Royal Visit

Published Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Artwork inspired by Ribble Valley Borough Council’s First World War commemorative tree-planting scheme will be unveiled during the forthcoming visit to Clitheroe by His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent

The Duke of Kent will plant an oak tree in the grounds of Clitheroe Castle on Wednesday 26 November.

And youngsters from St Mary’s CE Primary School, Mellor, will unveil artwork with a First World War and tree theme produced especially for the Royal visit.

From 4 August 2014, the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, until 11 November 2018, the anniversary of the official ceasefire, or Armistice Day, communities across the world are uniting to remember those who lived, fought and died in the First World War.

Ribble Valley Borough Council has planted oak trees in 40 villages in memory of the hundreds of young Ribble Valley men who lost their lives during the Great War.

An oak was planted in the grounds of St Mary’s CE Primary School, Mellor, by Ribble Valley Mayor Michael Ranson on October 6 in a moving ceremony attended by the school’s pupils, as well as parish councillors and villagers.

Councillor Ranson said: "We are all connected to the First World War through our family history, the fallen in our local communities, or its long-term impact on society.

“I am delighted that so many parishes have supported the tree-planting campaign and helped to create a ‘living’ memorial to the borough’s brave young men and their loved ones.

“I am particularly delighted that the Mellor school pupils, who wholeheartedly embraced the tree-planting campaign in their school grounds, have produced some excellent artwork to present to His Royal Highness during his forthcoming visit.”

The artwork includes dramatic battle scenes in charcoal by Year 6 pupils Imogen Metcalf, Jake Barnett and Paige Taylor, and colourful tree images in crayon by Year 1 pupils Henry Holden, Alasdair Ambler and Lucy Taylor.

Christine Taylor, head teacher at St Mary’s School, added: “The pupils have really engaged with the First World War commemoration and are excited to be meeting the Duke.”

The First World War claimed the lives of 16million people across the world and had a huge impact on those who experienced it.

As Ribble Valley came into being in 1974, precise records of the number of fallen in the borough do not exist, but it is believed to be around 1,000.

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