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All Saint's Church commemorates the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 30, 2014

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A church will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War this weekend with a series of special events.

All Saints' Church in Compton, Leek has recently commissioned conservator Julia C Dalzall to restore a painting by Allan Douglas Davidson (1873-1932), which is the centrepiece of the church's Great War Memorial.

The painting, hidden underneath years of soot and grime, is now vibrant in colour and movement and available for all to see.

The memorial is unusual in regards as, not only does it record the names of the Glorious Dead, but also the names of all those from the church and district who went to, and came back, from the war.

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There will be an Evening of Words, Music and Fallen Petals at 7.30pm on Sunday, August 2.

Using news reports, popular songs, and poetry the memory of what happened when the lights went out over Europe will be illuminated.

The free admission event will not only be remembering just the men in the trenches, but also those who were left behind.

There will also be a small exhibition of period family memorabilia on show. This will be on display from 10am until 4pm at the church today, Wednesday, July 30, Saturday, August 2, and next Wednesday, August 6. From Sunday, August 3, through to Remembrance Sunday, November 9, All Saints' Church will remember in prayer, by name, each one of the men went off to the Great War, whether they returned or not.

For further information about any of the above events and activities, call 01538 399365.

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