Events mark Great War centenary

Published on: 01 Sep 2014


REMEMBRANCE activities led by Staple Hill Royal British Legion will have particular significance this year as they mark 100 years since the start of World War One.

The legion's women's section commemorated the centenary of Britain's involvement with the conflict by holding a service of respect for the fallen.

It was attended by 93 people including VIPs Lady Elwis, country chairman Anny Reid and South Gloucestershire Council chairman Howard Gawler and was conducted by the Rev Julia Chard from St Stephen's, Soundwell.

After the service and light refreshments, guests joined the Golden Tones Choir in singing First World War songs. This was a prelude to the gala evening planned for October 10, which will feature the Bristol Military Wives and Bristol Male Voice Choir.

It will be followed by a two-day exhibition about the Great War on October 11 and 12, with films, speakers, choirs, displays and specially-commissioned poetry.

Anyone who has anything to contribute to this event is asked to contact Madeleine Bills on 0117 9560805.

The following Saturday, October 18, will see the launch of the Poppy Appeal at Fountain Square.

Last year, a collection at Tesco at Staple Hill raised £1,360 for the appeal and officials have presented the store with a certificate for the contribution.

Tickets for the gala evening are on sale from Mrs Bills or at Sheen Studios.

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