A SPECIAL tribute has been paid to a renowned wartime poet to mark the centenary of his death.

Members of the Wilfred Owen Festival committee gathered to lay a wreath at the new statue of the Oswestry-born poet in Cae Glas Park yesterday (Sunday, November 4).

Committee chairman, Chris Woods, said: "Wilfred Owen was killed by German fire during an attempt to cross the Sambre-Oise canal on this day in 1918, just seven days before war ended.

"It seemed only fitting that we should lay a special wreath at his statue here in Oswestry the town of his birth to mark this particular moment in history; a moment in history that today will also be commemorated by our French friends in Ors, Northern France and indeed across the world”

Also present at the ceremony was Dave Andrews, author of Wilfred Owen: Poet of Oswestry, who referred to the poet’s unique contribution to the development of poetry.

"Wilfred Owen was quite simply one of the greatest figures in twentieth century English literature. It has taken the town a long time to commemorate him in the way he deserves," he said

"This fine statue will act as a permanent reminder to the people of Oswestry and to the rest of the world that Wilfred Owen was a native of our town."

The statue, which has seen a steady stream of visitors since it was unveiled in a ceremony, is the work of artist and sculptor Tim Turner.

"It has been a true honour to be involved in the centenary commemorations, and obviously I’m immensely proud that it has already become a prominent landmark for townspeople and visitors."

The Wilfred Owen Festival is continuing until November 17 with a wide programme of events.

For more information, visit www.wilfredowenoswestry2018.org.uk