Local WW1 Heroes – Hear the stories behind the names

August 4 2014 marks (exactly, to the day) 100 years since Britain declared war on Germany in what became know as The Great War, and later World War One.

To mark the historic occasion a public lecture has been arranged in Garstang on that day.

It will focus on the lives and times of the 19 men whose names are listed on the Great War plaque on Garstang and Bonds war memorial, Park Hill road, as well as on the stories of some of the men who returned from the war.

The lecture will be given by local historian Paul Smith (pictured), who, along with freelance journalist Anthony Coppin, is planning to publish a book on the subject of Garstang’s Great War heroes later this year.

The lecture, at Garstang Arts Centre at 7.30pm, on August 4 is strictly a ticket-only event. Tickets cost £5 (including refreshments) and will be available from Market Place Newsagents, Market Place, Garstang from June 30, 2014.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the publication fund for the ‘Garstang’s Great War heroes’ book.

The project is supported by Garstang Historical Society and Garstang Royal British Legion Club and Garstang Poppy Appeal.

* An exhibition linked to the lecture and book project will be held at three venues in Garstang – including Booths, the library and the Co-op – during July.

* For more information visit Garstang Historical Society’s website – http://www.garstanghistoricalsociety.org.uk/

or ring 01995 605824 or 07884 255955.