A COFFEE morning and exhibition has taken place in Ellesmere to coincide with the centenary of international aid agency and charity, Save the Children.

Organised by The Friends of Ellesmere Library and the Ellesmere Sculpture Iniative group, the event took place on Saturday, May 18 at the town's library.

The charity Save the Children was founded in 1919 by Ellesmere-born sisters Eglantyne Jebb and Dorothy Buxton who were members of the Fight the Famine movement, spreading information about what was happening in Europe after the First World War ended.

Shortly before the charity was launched, Jebb was arrested for distributing leaflets in Trafalgar Square that bore shocking photographs of children affected by famine in Europe. Consequently, she was found guilty and fined £5 for her actions.

The exhibition featured a display kindly lent by the Jebb Family which traced the build-up to the charity’s launch at the Royal Albert Hall in May 1919.

Artwork by pupils from seven local schools who are involved in a project to create a memorial sculpture in Ellesmere beauty spot, Cremorne Gardens, was also proudly on display for all who attended to admire.