Labour-run Maghull Town Council draws up plans to commemorate th

Maghull Town Council Labour Councillors June Burns and Maurice Byrne are drawing up plans to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

 


Labour-run Maghull Town Council is planning to commemorate the centenary of the First World War with a range of events through 2014.

Labour Councillors on Maghull Town Council is preparing to host a programme of events and activities to mark 100 years since the outbreak of 'The Great War'.

Commemoration events, which will include local community groups and schools, will culminate in a black tie dinner at Maghull Town Hall later in the year.

Cllr June Burns is leading the project to commemorate World War I.

Cllr Burns said: "It is only fitting that the community of Maghull commemorate World War I. It was a war which saw many young men from right here in Maghull make the ultimate sacrifice, going off to war and never returning. Many more did come back, but they were never the same again because of what they saw and what they went through.

"Maghull itself served a vital service in World War I when shellshock victims were treated at the Red Cross Maghull Military Hospital which was based on the grounds of the old Moss Side Hospital. It is believed that the renowned war poet Wilfred Owen even came here for treatment.

"So there are very distinct links between Maghull and the First World War which should be remembered and commemorated."

Maghull Town Council Labour Councillor and founder-member of the Community Committee, Cllr Maurice Byrne, said he hoped community groups from throughout the town would get involved.

Cllr Byrne said: "This year is an important year to take time and remember The Great War and those people who fought on our behalf.

"It is a chance to ensure that the sacrifice that so many people made for us is remembered by us all living today.

"We are hopeful that our local schools and lots of local community groups, as well as individuals will come forward to get involved and help us truly commemorate the war."

Maghull Town Council's Labour leader Cllr Patrick McKinley said Labour Councillors on Maghull Town Council were aiming to make sure that 2014 was a year of commemoration.

Cllr McKinley said: "World War I saw young men from right here in Maghull shipped off abroad to fight for their country. These were ordinary boys and young men who left their families, many never to return home again.

"It is that sacrifice and the sacrifice that those who returned home never the same again, as well as the sacrifice of the families left behind that we need to commemorate.

"We want to ensure that the community of Maghull never forgets what so many people went through on their behalf.

"Sefton Art Group have already signed up to display World War I inspired works, and we are hopeful that our schools will get involved as we start turning some of the plans into concrete events.

"What we have planned will be a real year of commemoration which everyone, young or old, will be able to get involved in. And I am sure the community of Maghull will support us and help us remember what people from Maghull went through 100 years ago."