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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Event to mark war centenary

A MAJOR week-long event will be held in Whitehaven next year to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1.

Whitehaven WW1 Week will be held in and around town from May 3 to 10 and will include a WWI parade and an exhibition to tell the story of The Great War.

The event is being sponsored by Nuclear Management Partners (NMP), with support from Copeland Council, which is helping to organise the parade. It is hoped the event will build on the success of this year’s popular Homecoming Parade in Whitehaven.

Ian Hudson, general manager of NMP, said: “We are proud to sponsor the Whitehaven WW1 Week.

“The war remains one of the most significant events in our history and I am sure local residents and visitors alike will welcome the opportunity to mark its 100th anniversary.

“It is also an excellent opportunity for our young people to learn about the events.

“We are looking forward to getting involved in organising activities, particularly those around education and local schools, to provide children with tangible experiences that will reinforce what they may have learned in the classroom.”

Gerard Richardson, of the Whitehaven Festival Committee, said: “Whilst the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1 is not a time to celebrate, it is a time for us to remind ourselves and teach our younger generations more of what happened during those troubled times.

“Our exhibition will showcase events with story boards, model vehicles, tanks and weapons.

“With free entry we are hoping this will be a wonderful event for young and old and are very grateful to NMP for their sponsorship but also for their ongoing commitment to make this a fantastic event.”

Elaine Woodburn, the leader of Copeland Borough Council, said: “This area has a long and proud association with our armed forces, as the success of this year’s Homecoming Parade proved.

“It was fantastic to see so many people out in force to support the work of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

“In fact, this success was one of the catalysts for doing something special to recognise the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1.

“As we are one of the few areas of the country to have awarded the Freedom of the Borough to the whole of the armed forces, we were keen to once again do something that recognises the outstanding work of all of the armed forces.

“The exhibition and parade, which we are arranging with the Whitehaven Festival Company, NMP and others, is an excellent way of doing this.”

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