Tamworth to Commemorate Start of First World War with Guided Walk and Church Service

FWW_Centenary__Led_By_IWM_Red rgbTamworth will mark tomorrow’s 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War with a guided tour of the town centre.

The walk will be led by qualified Green Badge Guides, who will be revealing the part Tamworth played in the conflict.  They will talk about the buildings, the stories, the heroes and the memorials to the more than 600 men of the borough who died in WW1.

The walk starts from the Tamworth Tourist Information Centre at 8pm on Monday August 4.  Tickets cost £5 each and must be booked in advance through the TIC on 01827 709618 and the tours are subject to availability and numbers are strictly limited.

Cllr Robert Pritchard, Deputy Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, said, “There is a hidden WW1 history in Tamworth and this is a unique opportunity to see that history for yourself.  Please make sure that you don’t miss out on this unique tour and book your tickets quickly.”

The tour will finish in time to allow people to attend the special LIGHTS OUT service being held at St Editha’s Church at 10pm.

LIGHTS OUT is a nationwide initiative, which has the backing of the Royal British Legion.  Individuals, households and organisations across the country are being encouraged to turn their lights out between 10pm and 11pm on Monday August 4, leaving only a single candle or light burning as a symbolic act of reflection and hope.

The church service is open to everyone and it is hoped that a large number of people will go along to take part in the commemorations.

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