Hereford & Worcester

Worcestershire WWI centenary events appeal

People in Worcestershire are being asked to put forward their ideas for ways to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.

Worcestershire Centenary Committee fear the Olympics and the Queen's Jubilee have taken attention away from the anniversary in 2014.

Committee member Sandra Taylor said: "Belgium, France, Australia and Canada are way ahead in their commemorations."

People can submit ideas to the mayor's office in Worcester until 30 June.

Restoration work

Mayor of Worcester, David Tibbutt, said: "We must never forget this terrible sequence of events, and I am very keen that our commemorations will particularly engage with young people in the city."

The committee is also urging people to look at their local war memorial to see if it needs restoring, and to come up with ideas for raising the funds to do any necessary work.

Mrs Taylor said: "The problem with WWI war memorials is that they were all funded by public subscription, so the people who paid for them are no longer alive.

"Parish councils are quite cash strapped and so it's a question of how they are going to fund restoration work."

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