Garstang children learn about town’s war heroes

Youngsters from Garstang Community Primary School with their books
Youngsters from Garstang Community Primary School with their books
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Pupils at four Garstang schools have been learning about the part played by brave local servicemen during the First World War.

Around 1,300 copies of the new book Garstang’s Great War Heroes have been given
free of charge to pupils at the four schools in Garstang, Bonds and Bowgreave.

The schools receiving the books were Garstang Community Primary School, St Thomas’ CE Primary, SS Mary and Michaels Catholic Primary and Garstang Academy.

All four schools lie within the boundaries of the area drawn up by the Garstang and Lower Barnacre War Memorial Committee in the early 1920s. It was from within that area the names which appear on Garstang war memorial were selected. The £4,000 needed for printing and publishing the new book has been raised over the past 18 months following an appeal by co-authors, Paul Smith and Anthony Coppin.

Garstang Community 
Primary School headteacher Mrs Stephanie Reeves, said: “We are grateful to Mr Smith and Mr Coppin for their work on the book. All the pupils were thrilled to receive a copy.

“We would also like to thank all those individuals and local organisations whose donations and sponsorship made publication possible.”

A spokesman for Garstang Historical Society, which has overseen the Garstang’s Great War Heroes project, said: 
“Although the book has been written with adults in mind we have given copies to children with the idea is that it will be a ‘long term’ gift for both them and their families, with the youngsters’ appreciation of the biographies detailed in the book growing over the years.

“From the positive feedback we have already had parents are saying they are finding it just as interesting as their children.”

l Copies of Garstang’s Great War Heroes are available on sale to the public, priced £8. They are can be obtained from Market Place News, Garstang, and Towers and Gornall accountants, 8 Rope Walk, Garstang.