A STEP back in time will come to Chirk this weekend as the town kicks-off its First World War centenary commemorations.
Including an afternoon tea, sing-along with the Chirk Community Choir and re-enactments from the war courtesy of schoolchildren from the town’s Cactus Theatre Group, the event at the Parish Hall on Saturday, July 26 starts at 2pm.
It has been organised by the Chirk Community Hospital Circle of Friends and will also include an exhibition of photographs and memorabilia from the breakout of the war presented by historian Graham Greasley, plus a projection of the names of the Chirk soldiers who died during the war.
Sybil Jones, chairman of the Circle of Friends, explained the idea came from the group’s secretary, Julie Fawcett, adding: “We wanted to commemorate the war but we wanted to do something different and we are sure it will all come together nicely.
“Graham has collected no end of information, memorabilia and photographs from local families. But it has been very difficult because obviously most of those are recalling their grandparents and even their great-grandparents, but Graham has done a wonderful job.
Following the two-hour get-together will be an evening concert from 7.30pm with the Llangollen Silver Band and the James Lambert Singers performing songs from the First World War, preceded by a moving dedication as Graham reads out the list of those who died over the four year conflict.
The afternoon session is free with donations welcome, while tickets for the evening concert cost £6 and are available by calling Sybil on 01691 772321 or Julie on 01691 773642.