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Picturing the Great War

Picturing the Great War Picturing the Great War
Updated: 9:48 am, May 07, 2015

PUPILS put pen to paper to create drawings which commemorate The Great War.

Students from across the borough drew their interpretations of the First World War as part of a competition organised by Huntley’s Funeral Services.

Poppies, planes and tanks were just some of the drawings sent into the Feckenham Road company.

Mayor Pat Witherspoon then picked a winner from Pitcheroak School, Matchborough First School, and St Stephen’s First School. An overall winner was also picked from Pitcheroak School.

Their pictures will be displayed at St Philip’s Church in Webheath, as part of the Remembering Redditch’s Fallen Heroes exhibition.

For the last two years a group of volunteers have been researching the background of some 400 men named on war memorials around the borough who lost their lives during the conflict.

The exhibition begins on Monday, August 4, the anniversary of Britain’s entry into the First World War.

Funeral director Tracey Flavell said they wanted to run the competition to understand children’s views on war and work with the community.

“Huntley’s has been around since the First World War and as the pictures show in our foyer the fire engines would use our horses to pull them to wherever they needed to go.” she said.

“We wanted to work with the community, especially the children, to commemorate the war and recognise those fallen heroes.

“You have to see the pictures to fully appreciate how much effort went into them.

“The winner in particular has put so much detail in to the picture. They were all just fantastic.”