Stunning world war displays created by Colne Valley pupils in honour of soldiers

The vast displays are now on show at St Bartholemew's Church in Marsden as part of major research project, Marsden Remembers

The stunning displays created by pupils at Colne Valley High School that are now being displayed in Marsden's St Bartholemew's Church as part of the Marsden Remembers World War project

Stunning displays have transformed a Marsden church into a striking war memorial.

Students from year eight and nine at Colne Valley High School worked tirelessly to produce expansive pieces of work, focused on the effect World War One had on local communities

The work is being showcased at St Bartholomew’s Church until September 14, to shine a light on wartime Colne Valley for other residents.

Pupils were invited to create the displays by the Marsden Remembers project, which was set up by resident Valerie France and her friend, Helen Royston, to commemorate the soldiers of the Great War.

Pupils were tasked with researching the events of the conflict and investigating family members and any community connections.

Head of history at Colne Valley High School, Jonathan Walden, said: “The response from students was fantastic, with the final pieces of work showing commitment and enthusiasm for the war and those personal connections.

“The display shows as many examples of their work as we could fit into the space, but many more could have been displayed.

“It is enormous and covers one side of the church, which really shows the talents of our historians.

“The history department is proud of all the work produced and their approach to the commemoration of the anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War.”

The display was also at the centre of a remembrance event on July 27, in which hundreds of people joined a parade from Marsden British Legion club to the village’s cenotaph in the park before attending a service of remembrance.

Valerie and Helen launched an exhibition looking at the effect of the war on local life, as events developed on a national scale, and completed a remembrance book, to be kept in the church.

Anyone wishing to see the exhibition can view it on Fridays from 10.00am to 4.00pm, Saturdays from 10.00am to 4.00pm and Sundays from 2.00pm to 4.00pm, apart from August 30 and September 6 when it will be open from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.

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