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SEATON: Cash boost for WWI commemoration plans

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

PLANS to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War I in Beer have been given a significant boost with a cash grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Beer 2014 Group, which was set up by local historian Richard Scott, learned this week that they are to receive £7,800 for the project ‘A Village Remembers’, which will commemorate all those from the village who served in the First World War. “We are delighted to receive the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will enable us to stage events that will form a fitting tribute to all those from the village who served in the First World War,” said Mr Scott. Awarded through HLF’s First World War: Then and Now programme, the grant will enable the 2014 Group to stage a number of commemorative events in the village and pay tribute to the 130 men from the village who served in the war. From August 1st to 4th an exhibition will tell the stories of those who served in the armed forces and as merchant seamen, while on Saturday, August 2nd historians will deliver lectures on some of the key battles in which Beer men were involved,” added Mr Scott. “On Sunday, August 3rd, there will be a procession in the village which will re-enact an event of exactly 100 years before, when Royal Naval Reservists from Beer marched off to war. Members of the original families will take part. This will be followed by an open air concert by the Ottery St Mary Silver Band, who will lead the procession.” Mr Scott and his team, including Peter Anderson, have worked hard to put together this programme and the HLF grant is testament to the quality of their plans, which also include setting up a website with archive of material for the public to utilise. Explaining the importance of the grant award, the head of HLF in the South West, Nerys Watts, said: “The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. “The Heritage Lottery Fund has already invested more than £47 million in projects – large and small – that are marking this global Centenary; with our new small grants programme, we are enabling even more communities like those involved in ‘A Village Remembers’ to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help local young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”

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