United for war centenary

Poopy stream to be planted at Mansfield Road Recreation Ground, Eastwood, pictured are Coun Margaret Handley and Coun Ron Jones
Poopy stream to be planted at Mansfield Road Recreation Ground, Eastwood, pictured are Coun Margaret Handley and Coun Ron Jones

Parish and town councillors are planning to join forces to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Greasley Parish Council and Eastwood Town Counci are joining forces to mark the poignant anniversary.

Councillor Margaret Handley, of the Greasley authority, said the end of the Great War was all about unity and the two councils wanted to demonstrate this.

She said: “This is such a special thing. The end of World War One was about peace and unity and it’s important to come together and show people we are unified and can come together.

The councils are planning to plant white and blue cornflowers in Eastwood, host a festival of rememrbance involving local youth organisations and have a joint Remeembrance Day service.

They will also put on displays in Greasley Sports Centre and the Eastwood Town Council office, while councillors are appealing for mebers of the public to donate any pictures, stories or memories.

Coun Handley said: “We would love to hear from anybody who has any memories to do something a bit more personal – not just about people who died, but people who came home.

“Some people may have little stories they can tell us, or letters they might want to share. We would also love to receive any photos we can put in the display.”

She said the poppies and flowers would be planted in the Mansfield Road memorial gardens in Eastwood and the festival of remembrance would be a great way to bring all the local youngsters together.

Coun Handley said: “We are always looking for a way of involving youth organisations such as Scouts, Brownies and schools so we are looking to organise a festival of remembrance on Saturday, November 10, ending with a service.

“There would be little plays, songs, and poems.

On Remembrance Day itself – Sunday, November 11 – , one big service will be held in Eastwood, instead of one in each parish.

Coun Handley said: “Normally churches would have their services at the same time, but it splits the resources of the Scouts, Guides and Royal British Legion and so on, so we are hoping to get everybody to Eastwood war memorial.

“We have met the Churches Together group to ask if they would like to participate in one service.

“We are still in talks about everything at this stage though, nothing is set in stone.”