WW1 Exhibition at the Atkinson in Southport

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Sefton Council has produced a commemorative World War One exhibition which will be on display throughout the borough in the coming months.

Working closely with Sefton CVS and local volunteers, Sefton’s Library Service has produced the impressive exhibition which will first go on display at Southport Library in The Atkinson at the end of July.

Funded by a Heritage Lottery grant, and with additional support from The Strand Shopping Centre, Bootle, a fifteen panel exhibition and an information booklet has been produced telling the story of Sefton’s contribution and sacrifice during the Great War.

Information about the home front, local hospitals and the famous poets who trained in the area is all included.

It will also tell the individual stories of the seven local men who were awarded the Victoria Cross for valour ‘in the face of the enemy’.

The exhibition will also feature a memorial panel, highlighting the sacrifice of individual soldiers, sailors and airmen from across the borough.

The display forms part of an ongoing commemoration of World War One throughout Sefton including the World Record Poppy Formation held on Southport beach on July 4.

Cllr Peter Dowd, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “This is an excellent resource which puts into perspective some of Sefton’s contribution as part of World War One.

“The exhibition and information booklet will be visiting local libraries, Bootle Strand and also as an educational resource shared in schools by volunteers.

“I would ask everyone to try visit the exhibition or pick up a copy of the information booklet and discover how our small borough helped to support the war effort. I’m sure you will be impressed.”

The exhibition will be on display in The Strand, Bootle from September 4 –November 11, 2014. It will travel across the borough so watch out for it in your local library.


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