Hundreds help launch town’s WW1 project

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More than 500 people walked through the doors of Morley Town Hall for the town’s 1914 roadshow.

The World War I Local History Roadshow was held last Wednesday afternoon as part of a project commemorating the outbreak of the first world war.

A host of local and city-wide organisations hosted stalls where people of all ages were invited to learn about the era ad what effect it had on our local community.

Stalls full of information flooded the banqueting room including SSAFA, academics from Leeds University, curators from Leeds Museums, West Yorkshire Archive Services, Morley Heritage Centre, Morley Library and Bruntcliffe School, all of which were well visited.

There was also information on animals who lost their lives in conflict.

People of all ages browsed the stalls, learning all about the impact World War I had on the Morley community.

Morley Heritage Centre displayed the names and faces of boys who attended Morley secondary schools who went on to fight for King and Country and Morley Library had stories published by the Observer throughout the four year war.

The poignant event was the first of many planned to commemorate 100 years since the onset of World War I and focus on how it had an impact on life in Morley in 1914.

Future events include street event in Queen Street in August exploring life in Morley 1914 and a memorial service on August 4.




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