Date Posted: 17th July 2014

SEVERN VALLEY RAILWAY MARKS CENTENERY OF THE START OF FIRST WORLD WAR Schoolchildren and dignitaries joined staff members and volunteers of the Severn Valley Railway (SVR) last week for a special ceremony to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

A trench has been dug at The Engine House Visitor Centre, Highley, by the SVR’s Education department and was officially opened during the ceremony on Friday, 11th July 2014, by Deputy Mayor of Bridgnorth, Councillor David Cooper.

The proceedings were led by SVR’s education officer, Sharon Harvey, and also included the laying of a wreath by David Cooper.

Pupils from Highley Primary High School were also in attendance and one of the pupils read a prayer during the ceremony. In the afternoon, children from years 3 and 4 also distributed poppy seeds along the grassed areas of the Railway, in the hope that they will create a stunning poppy display in the future.

Sharon said: “The First World War was tragic and this seems a very fitting way of commemorating and paying tribute to those who lost their lives. A group of volunteers from the Railway have built the trench over the past few months and it is remarkable.”

The trench will be open to the public during August and September 2014 with an accompanying static display.


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