Church is all set to commemorate the start of the First World War

A village church is set to turn the clock back 100 years, to the start of the First World War.

St James’ Church, Whitechapel is commemorating the event with two evenings entitled ‘Memories of WW1’ on Friday, October 17 and 18 in Whitechapel Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Some well known local faces can be spotted here as 'extras' during filming for 'Pals for Life'.

Some well known local faces can be spotted here as 'extras' during filming for 'Pals for Life'.

Each evening will start with a short film called ‘Pals for Life’ which has been produced by arts and media production company Rowbot Street, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Filming took place this summer at locations in Lancashire, telling the story of some of the northern Pals’ regiments in WW1.

And among the ‘extras’ seen in the film - who volunteered to be filmed for ‘Pals for Life’ - will be some well known local faces.

Philip Cowell, church warden at St James, prepared a ‘mock up’ of a trench on his land ready for the film crew and several local people offered to appear as extras.

Philip’s wife Julie Cowell, who three years ago produced the sell out ‘Olde Tyme Music Hall’, has also assembled an array of talented local performers for both evenings at the village show.

Following on from the film showings, performers will be reciting poetry, telling stories, singing songs and giving recitations, with all relating to the war period.

The highlight of each evening will be songs from Olivia Singleton, who many will remember for her award winning performances, including ‘Young Singer of the Guild’ at the Preston Guild celebrations in 2012.

The evenings will conclude with a ‘sing along’ of familiar First World War songs.

Admission is by ticket only and these are £10 for adults and £5 for children under 16.

Refreshments and soft drinks are included in the ticket price and tickets are available from Jenny on 01772 653008 and John on 01772 864289 and they may be collected on the night.

Following on from the two evenings, a donation will be made to The Royal British Legion.