‘Admirable’ WWI project given council cash boost

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Garstang’s World War One commemoration project, which will see all pupils in the town given a copy of a book about the lives, times and deaths of the 19 men whose names appear on the WW1 section of Garstang war memorial, has been given two major boosts this week.

Project organisers are hoping to raise around £2,300 to print more than 1,000 copies of the book, ‘Garstang’s Great War Heroes’, by local historian Paul Smith.

The latest donation is £242 from Garstang Town Council.

The efforts to research, publicise and print the book, which is expected to be published this autumn, were praised at Monday’s town council meeting.

Deputy mayor Coun Lynn Harter said it was admirable project which would help keep the sacrifice of Garstang’s fallen heroes in the minds of current and future generations.

Coun Sandra Perkins said there was a huge amount of interest in Garstang schools and described the project as “extremely admirable.”

Another boost for the project - a £100 donation - has come from a charitable fund run by accountant Mr William Richmond of Towers and Gornall, Garstang.

It is intended pupils at St Thomas CE School, Garstang Community Primary, SS Mary and Michael Bonds and Garstang Academy will receive copies of the book.

As well as focussing on the fallen heroes from the Great War, it will also feature details of the lives, times and service of several Garstang men who returned from the war.

l The Garstang’s Great War heroes exhibition, created by Mr Smith and Mr Coppin, was on display in Garstang Library last week. It moved to Booths supermarket, Garstang on Monday and continues there until tonight.

For more information visit Garstang Historical Society website : www.garstanghistoricalsociety.org.uk