Ambitious series of events to mark the war taking shape

Plans for an ambitious programme of events to commemorate the centenary of the First World War are taking shape.

And as part of this, it is hoped to re-create the January 1915 march of the 20th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers, from Newcastle to Alnwick, in 2015.

The Alnwick District World War One Centenary Commemoration Group is behind the initiative.

It is made up of volunteers, including members of Northumberland Branch of the Western Front Association and the Alnmouth District Branch of the Royal British Legion plus people from the education field, working with the likes of the Bailiffgate Museum, Northumberland Estates, Alnwick Castle and others.

The project will span the five centenary years of the war and beyond.

On Alnwick’s Bailiffgate Museum’s website – www.bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk/ww1 – there is a casualty database of servicemen with Alnwick District connections who were killed in action or died in service, which will be added to. Other projects include production of a local historian’s talk on DVD and for uploading online, workshops at schools, exhibitions and more.

Group chairman Derek Gladding said: “Our goal is to mark the centenary with a series of projects and events to raise awareness and to illustrate the impact of the war on Alnwick and District, its people, businesses and commerce and in other ways.

“We want to create or recreate records , including an online database, of events and deeds of the times.

“If and when funding can be secured to help deliver this programme, it’ll be full steam ahead for the team of volunteers for the next few years.”

For details, or to help, email ww1alnwickproject@yahoo.co.uk