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Video celebrates events held to mark 100 years since end of Great War

  • Charnwood 14-18

A video has been created to showcase all the events held in Charnwood on November 11, 2018 to mark 100 years since the end of World War One.

Charnwood Borough Council co-ordinated and supported the events on Remembrance Sunday last year, including the parade of Songster, a full-size replica warhorse covered with poppies made by local children, which made its way from Charnwood Museum to the town centre and garnered a great deal of attention.

Other events included the annual Remembrance Day parade ending with a service at the Carillon where thousands of poppies cascaded from the top, the unveiling of a new Charnwood Heritage Plaque in the Market Place and a tea dance at Loughborough Town Hall.

Charnwood Museum and Loughborough Town Hall also hosted exhibitions, the latter including the Loughborough Carillon Memorial quilt, a memory tree and original sheet music from 1918. The museum’s exhibition explored the individual and shared legacies of the First World War as we commemorate the centenary of The Armistice within Charnwood.

A number of organisations also put on a host of entertainment on a stage in the Market Place with all the action captured on a giant TV screen.

The day culminated with the lighting of the beacon in the evening in Queen’s Park.

The video has been pieced together using footage taken throughout the day, across all events, and is a poignant tribute to both the hard-working communities who organised and ran the events, and the people whose memory they were commemorating.

Councillor Jenny Bokor, lead member for Loughborough, said: “It truly was a day everybody who attended will never forget, in honour of those who sacrificed their lives for us.

“I can’t think of a better way to honour them and document all the hard work that all the communities put into creating such amazing events than to have this video available for everybody to watch.

“I’m sure it will be viewed many times, and for years to come.”

To view the video, please visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/ww1film.

More information on the events that took place on November 11, 2018 can be found at www.charnwood.gov.uk/ww1 or via the Council’s social media accounts on Twitter - @CharnwoodBC or Facebook www.facebook.com/charnwoodbc.