Cash boost for WW1 centenary project

The World War One Roadshow at Morley Town Hall was a great success.
The World War One Roadshow at Morley Town Hall was a great success.

Morley’s Diamond Jubilee Committee is celebrating after being awarded almost £10,000 to help withits World War I centenary celebration programme.

The committee has received £9,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to deliver a series of community events to mark the centenary in the town, focussing on the home front and how the onset of the Great War had significant impact on social life.

A roadshow held at Morley Town Hall launched the project, which will continue in August with an outdoor event which will see Queen Street transform back to 1914 with community events, traditional music, tours and street theatre.

In early autumn the town will also be welcoming Leeds based theatre company Lunabug who will bring their production Pigeon to Morley Town Hall, exploring the theme of animals in service.

Town events manager Rachael Kennedy (pictured right), who is leading the project, said: “This series of events will enable the local community to come together to enquire and preserve the memories and heritage of the people who lived through World War I.”

Coun Judith Elliott, chairwoman of the committee, said: “We are thrilled that Rachael has managed to secure this funding for Morley and to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

“A focus group has already met several times and can now begin to develop exciting plans and deliver a poignant programme commemorating this centenary.”

Fiona Spiers from HLF added: “We have invested over £15m in projects that are marking this global centenary, enabling even more communities like those involved in the Morley 1914 project, explore the legacy of this conflict and understand how it shaped our modern world.”