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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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New exhibit tells local wartime tales

THE life story of a young man who lost his life in World War One features in an exhibition at Millom Discovery Centre.

One of the event’s organisers Nancy Green explained how Joe Poland, from Haverigg, was planning to be a teacher and was about to go to university at the age of 19. His friend decided to go and fight for his country and Mr Poland decided to join him. His friend returned but sadly he did not.

Mrs Green said Mr Poland’s mother still hoped he would return and left his deposit with his university until the end of the war.

Mrs Green said his two nieces, who both still live in Haverigg, kept the story alive and provided the exhibits for the centre.

She added that over the next four years the exhibition would change regularly, using local people and their memories.

She said: “We want to keep it purely local and get the local schools involved. The next exhibition will feature their work from art, poetry and writings from pupils about the war.”

The exhibition is free and open to all and is being held in the entrance to the Discovery Centre in Station Road.

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