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Ways to mark First World War
11:00am Sunday 29th September 2013 in News
A SERIES of events is being planned in Test Valley to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.
The Imperial War Museum is providing the national lead as a key partner in the First World War Centenary Partnership – encouraging cultural and historical responses in local communities.
In Test Valley the council is working in collaboration with Hampshire County Council, central government and local partners to deliver a range of memorial events and installations.
One of the commemoration projects already under way is participation in a government scheme to commemorate local recipients of the Victoria Cross.
Two former residents of Test Valley – one each from the Andover and Romsey areas – were awarded the Victoria Cross during the conflict and will have their bravery commemorated with the laying of ceremonial paving slabs.
The authorities are keeping their identities and the locations of the slabs under wraps until nearer the time.
The slabs will be etched with an enduring symbol of the centenary commemorations to remind generations to come about the bravery and sacrifice of these individuals.
In addition to this the landscape across the borough will flame with colour as mass poppy planting blooms next summer giving a powerful and evocative image reminiscent of the iconic battlefields of Flanders.
The council will also be working with schoolchildren and community groups during 2014 to create a range of visual media.
This will vary from the development of material for three plays to be performed at The Lights theatre to artwork produced in traditional craft style and the creation of commemorative hangings, which will be displayed in Romsey Abbey and The Lights.
Borough council leader Ian Carr said: “The borough has strong links with the military, and it is important that we continue to reflect these relationships with a programme of sensitive commemorations of the centenary “2014 will also see a Freedom March involving all the regiments that have signed up to the Covenant.
“More events will be announced throughout the course of 2014.”
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