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First World War Exhibition Moves to Council Offices

His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent with pupils of St Mary’s Primary School, Mellor.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent with pupils of St Mary’s Primary School, Mellor.
Published Friday, 12 December 2014

An exhibition outlining an ambitious Ribble Valley Borough Council scheme to plant oak trees in 35 parishes in memory of the area’s First World War fallen has gone on display in the Council Offices.

The exhibition was displayed at the Steward’s Gallery, Clitheroe Castle, during a visit by His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent on 26 November.

It included a map depicting the tree sites, photographs of several plantings and artwork with a First World War theme by pupils of St Mary’s CE Primary School, Mellor.

Oak trees bearing plaques in memory of the hundreds of young Ribble Valley men who lost their lives during the Great War have been planted across the borough throughout the year.

The Duke of Kent planted the last tree at Clitheroe Castle and unveiled a stone plaque donated by Waddington Fell Quarry featuring an inscription commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, as well as a section from Laurence Binyon’s iconic poem, Ode of Remembrance.

His Royal Highness then toured the Clitheroe Castle Museum, before viewing the exhibition with the council’s head of engineering services, Terry Longden, who managed the tree-planting scheme.

The exhibition features dramatic battle scenes in charcoal by St Mary’s Primary School pupils Imogen Metcalf, Jake Barnett and Paige Taylor, and colourful tree images in crayon by pupils Henry Holden, Alasdair Ambler and Lucy Taylor.

It also includes a map marking where the trees have been planted, as well as photographs from several of the planting ceremonies.

Now the exhibition is to be displayed in the Council Offices in Church Walk, Clitheroe, until the New Year.

Terry Longden said: “His Royal Highness asked many questions about the tree-planting scheme and was particularly delighted with the artwork by the school pupils.

“Ribble Valley residents are invited to pop into the Council Offices to see the Royal exhibition for themselves.”

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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