COLNE Town Council’s free Colne Commemorates Exhibition to be staged in The Town Hall on both 10thand 11thNovember, has expanded in both size and scope and will now feature interactive exhibits.


Exhibition organiser, Eleanor Jolley, explained: “We are grateful to The Heritage Lottery Fund support that has enabled us to grow our Exhibition.  Such has been the interest in this Exhibition, we are expecting to be busy throughout our opening hours and have consequently asked for more of The Town Hall to be opened up to the public.  New CEO, Leroy Philbrook, and his team have given us wonderful support, as have a number of individuals, such as Shaun Wright and Geoff Crambie.”

Of especial interest is that material from Colne’s World War 1 Centenary Wall will be moving from The Market to join the Exhibition, which is open from 11.30 a.m. until 4.30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Visitors will be encouraged to add pins representing the Fallen to large scale, historic map of Colne.  The end result will be a stark reminder of sacrifice made from addresses across the town.

“Once the Exhibition is over, we will help digitise the Centenary Wall, so all the memories and information shared over the last four years are captured forever”, said Eleanor.  “In addition, we have also decided to recreate our living history Auxiliary Hospital Room, along with associated historical artefacts.

Popular local historian, Geoff Crambie, will be on hand on both Saturday and Sunday to discuss local history and artefacts.  The public is invited to bring any family items to show him.

On Saturday, there will be craft activities for children. The Poppy pebbles they will create can be placed by Colne’s War Memorial and there will also be a bi-plane making activity.  Adults will be able to make red material poppies for a cascade installation for Town Hall’s main staircase. Visitors will also encounter an historical interpreter who, as a RFC Sergeant, will share little known stories of training and flying during the War.

On Sunday, there will be a programme of prose and poetry delivered by some local actors in recollection of The Great War.

Cllr Sarah Cockburn-Price said: “This interactive exhibition is a fitting end to the Colne Commemorates series and I hope as many Colners as possible can join us as part of their Remembrance for the Armistice Centenary.”

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