Creator of Tommies figures to give special talk
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is hosting a free World War One remembrance event as part of a national initiative to raise funds for armed forces and mental health charities.
UCLan’s Lancashire Remembers event, on Tuesday, 9 October, includes a special talk with artist Martin Barraud, who will speak about his creation of the Tommies for the national There but Not There charity. Placed around the country, the six-foot tall figures aim to raise more than £15 million to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. People can also buy their own ten-inch Tommie to remember fallen relatives.
In addition, visitors will hear from head teacher Simon Wallis who will share local initiatives related to the War. A review of the World War One sacrifices given will also be presented.
The event, organised by UCLan’s College for Military Veterans and Emergency Services, is free and refreshments are provided. It will run from 4.00pm – 6.00pm in UCLan Adelphi Building. Anyone interested in attending can contact Dr Celia Hynes on 01772 894441.