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Silhouettes for Poulton soldier recognition

The silhouette inside St Chad's church.
The silhouette inside St Chad's church.

First World War soldiers from Poulton have been remembered in a special service where commemorative silhouettes have been unveiled.

They have been fitted inside St Chad’s Church in Poulton and were shown for the first time yesterday.

L-R are coun David Henderson, Rev Martin Keighley, coun Alf Clempson, author Eric Curbishley and members of Knitters and Natters Brenda Cross, Norma Jeffrey and Mary Kay.

L-R are coun David Henderson, Rev Martin Keighley, coun Alf Clempson, author Eric Curbishley and members of Knitters and Natters Brenda Cross, Norma Jeffrey and Mary Kay.

The event was organised by Poulton county councillor Alf Clempson, who is also Lancashire County Council’s Armed Forces and Veteran champion.

He said he couldn’t wait for residents to see the silhouettes. He added: “The event went really well and it was really nice to see the silhouettes in place in the church. There is a main silhouette fixed on one of the seats and there is also a desktop version at the rear of the church which has some information on the remembrance fundraising.”

The silhouettes are part of national campaign run by the Remembered charity to raise funds for six different charities: The Royal Foundation, Walking With The Wounded, Combat Stress, Help for Heroes, Project Equinox: Housing Veterans and Medical Students and Commonwealth War Graves Foundation.

Thousands of silhouettes are expected to be displayed around the UK ahead of the 100th anniversary of Armistice on November 11.

Coun Alf Clempson served for 24 years in the Armed Forces.

Coun Alf Clempson served for 24 years in the Armed Forces.

Local author Eric Curbishley, who has penned a book Poulton's War Memorial, was also in attendance at the church,

Coun Clempsons, who before heading into politics served with the Scots Guards for 24 years, says the charity has three main aims – commemorate, educate and heal.

He added: “It is to commemorate those that have fallen, educate all generations about the history and to help heal those who need it by raising funds for our beneficiary charities.”

For more information on the charity go to www.therebutnotthere.org.uk