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Bilston remembers The Great War with fortnight of events

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 10, 2014

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BILSTON marked the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War with a fortnight of commemorative events which began this week.

A host of activities have been organised to take place in a number of venues in Bilston town centre as residents, businesses and community groups prepare to remember those who gave their lives in the conflict.

Steering group Bilston Remembered, made up of representatives from town organisations, was set up to deliver a two-week programme.

The first of these events was a parade through the town centre last Saturday (August 2), with standards from Burma Star, Korean Ex-Vets, United Ex-Servicemen and St Leonard's Church Bell Ringers taking part.

Other events taking place during the fortnight includes a World War One exhibition by Black Country Memories Club at Bilston Town Hall which is continuing today, tomorrow and next Tuesday to Friday.

A three-day beer festival will be held at Café Metro from tomorrow until Sunday, while film show War Horse, organised by the Friends of Bilston Town Hall, will be held on August 11 from 1pm and feature a guest appearance by Slade's Don Powell.

The fortnight of events will end on August 16 when there will be a Remembrance Service and parade, led by the Royal British Legion, at St Leonard's Church.

Bilston Fire Station will also hold a family fun day from 11am while the grand finale will see Bilston Operatic Society perform a World War One Prom Concert at the town hall from 7pm.

Councillor Steve Simkins, Chairman of Bilston Remembered, said: "It is vitally important that we mark this significant anniversary of the First World War and continue to educate people on what people went through 100 years ago.

"People from across Bilston have worked hard to put on a series of events, exhibitions, live performances and parades in the town. Everyone is invited to help Bilston commemorate those who sacrificed their lives for us."

Councillor Elias Mattu, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure and Communities, said: "The Bilston Remembered steering group has done an excellent job putting together this programme of events for the town. We have a number of events taking place across the whole city and the whole of Wolverhampton will remember."

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