Mayors Speech at Project Launch

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DragonFirst of all I would like to welcome you all to the launch of the ‘Middlewich and the Great War Project’.

Next year, 2014 will mark 100 years since the beginning of the Great War.

The war was created partly by uneasy alliances, but more so by an aggressive Germany that took radical action over the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

This action led to the outbreak of war in August 1914, the first shot being taken on the 22nd August 1914.

The Great War was dubbed as the ‘war to end all wars’ and caused considerable loss of life, extensive damage to Europe and great hardship for the populations involved.

This project not only remembers those who fought and worked so hard for victory and peace, but also looks to the impact that this era made… the role of women in society, medical advancements and scientific discoveries to name a few.

In Middlewich there is plenty of documentary evidence of our town in Wartime. Documents such as the Roll of Honour, minute books of the schools and MUDC, papers relating to families, newspapers and war records of the Red Cross. Resources can be found via the town’s cenotaphs, photographs and medals plus many more…

100 years on and the impact of this war can still be felt, it changed Britain and its communities forever in so many ways.

Many people may not realise the significance of the Great War and its legacy to modern life. So let’s take this opportunity for Middlewich Schools, community groups, churches and residents alike to explore and research this important era. We will learn what we can, add portraits to the names listed in the Roll of Honour, and develop ways of bringing what we learn together in a community event, for the community by the community.

Middlewich Town Council will hold a heritage event on the 4th and 5th October 2014, one year from now. This is a community challenge to all to think of acts of commemoration of the Great War and its era and through research, workshops and networking, producing a method of delivery for our residents and visitors to come along and see.

Delivery could be a display at the event, artwork, written work, drama, music, even a show, competition or perhaps a celebration of your own society in the Great War era.

Taking part in this project is a fantastic way to remember those who gave so much and a chance to showcase your own societies and establishments. We ask today that you sign up to this challenge and work with us to produce the biggest Middlewich event yet.

A big thank you to Middlewich High School for working with us on this launch event the ‘Edwardian Tea Party’ and for providing the venue and entertainment. We hope you enjoy your afternoon.