Lowick pupils need help with memorial research

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Pupils at Lowick and Holy Island C of E First School are looking for help from local residents with their local history research.

The school has a long-standing tradition of attending the annual Remembrance Service at Lowick war memorial.

Last year, poetry composed by the children was read in honour of the fallen.

For this year’s service, on Wednesday, November 11, they are hoping to find out more about those named on the memorial.

Pupils recently visited the Woodhorn Museum near Ashington to view the thousands of ceramic poppies, previously on display at the Tower of London, that formed the Weeping Window exhibition.

The poppies, cascading from a pit wheel at the former mine, represent British and colonial soldiers killed in the First World War.

The display attracted 120,000 visitors over its seven-week run, which finished on Sunday.

Weeping Window last year formed part of the Blood-Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation, which saw 888,246 poppies on display in the Tower of London’s moat.

Along with a piece called Wave, it was bought by charities and gifted back to the nation.

Lowick and Holy Island headteacher Christine Vanson said: “We would like to hear from anyone with information or artefacts that we could borrow, anything that would bring the names to life.

“This would help us in our work, linking the Victorian period to the early 20th century.

“At Woodhorn Museum Archives, we were looking into the life of a soldier enlisted in 1915. He would have been a child of the late Victorian period.

“We would very much like to find out about the children of the Lowick and Holy Island area who became the soldiers and sailors of the First World War.”

“Our visit to the museum has also inspired us to make our own wave of poppies to lay at the memorial.”

The school is having an open morning on Wednesday, November 11. Everyone is welcome to join them from 9am, prior to the service at the memorial.

If anyone can provide information about the names on the memorial, ring the school on 01289 388268 or send an email to admin@low ick.northumberland.sch.uk