War memorabilia wanted for display

War memorial at Ashton Gardens, St Annes
War memorial at Ashton Gardens, St Annes
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Do you have any First World War artefacts, ideally related to local people who were involved?

If so, organisers of the new-look St Annes Music and Arts Festival want to hear from you as they seek to include commemoration of the centenary of its outbreak in the event’s exhibition itinerary.

It’s 100 years in August since the start of the conflict, which at the time was labelled ‘the war to end all wars’, and a host of events are planned around the country and 
locally to mark it.

The St Annes Festival – an amalgamation of the town’s July music festival with the arts festival previously held in September – is being staged for the first time this year alongside the town’s Kite Festival, and organisers want to make sure there is some First World War content in the wealth of art displays set to be a key ingredient of the event.

“Preparations are going well and we hope to be in a 
position soon to announce 
details of the programme,” said organisers’ spokesman Barbara Mackenzie.

“We intend for there to be something for everyone, in various venues around town, appealing to visitors and residents alike, all culminating in the Kite Festival weekend on July 26 and 27. But in this very special year, we feel it would only be fitting to have some First World War-related content and we would ask if anyone has any we could borrow to put on display.”

The festival is set to start on July 19 and anyone who can help is asked to contact 
Barbara on (01253) 711584.