Exhibition on town’s men

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There is still chance to see an exhibition about the Great War in Wooler.

The display, by Richard Waters at St Mary’s Church, originally opened on August 3, 2014, to coincide with the centenary of the date that Germany declared war on France, and invaded Belgium, which prompted Great Britain to declare war on Germany 24 hours later.

And it is on show again, until November 24, to allow as many people as possible to visit and view it.

There is a wide variety of material on display, including some work from pupils at Glendale Middle School. The exhibition has, as originally planned, been expanded and developed over the last five years, containing details of the major battles fought, together with information and images relating to the 86 men from the Wooler area who lost their lives during the war, and are commemorated on War Memorials in the town. The main town memorial is situated on Tower Hill in Church Street and contains the names of 76 local men who never returned, whilst smaller memorials in St Mary’s Church and the United Reformed Church contain a further 10 names.

A visitor’s book has been kept over the five years and there have been many messages of praise and support left by visitors to the exhibition. In particular, overseas visitors have left many poignant comments in the book.

After several years of research into the Great War, Richard is about to publish his findings, the first part entitled “Wooler during the Great War 1914-1919 Part 1 - The Home Front” will be available very soon.

If anyone would like to contact Richard about the exhibition, email him at richardwaters1@hotmail.com