Festubert exhibition honours Chorley’s First World War soldiers

Ann Hope, age 100, in front of the artwork with Jasper Hughes and Megan Bill, from Eccleston St Mary's Primary School

Ann Hope, age 100, in front of the artwork with Jasper Hughes and Megan Bill, from Eccleston St Mary's Primary School

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Young and old came together to honour the brave Chorley men who fought in a devastating battle in the First World War 100 years ago.

An exhibition of work by children from nine schools commemorates the Battle Of Festubert in France on June 15, 1915, which involved the Chorley Terriers.

A preview on Saturday at Astley Park’s Farmhouse was attended by pupils along with 100-year-old Ann Hope, whose father Nicholas Gillett features in the exhibition.

Historian Stuart Clewlow said: “It has been rewarding to see how engaged the children have been with wanting to learn more and it’s been a real credit to Chorley’s teachers to see just how much of their own personal time and effort they have put into delivering an exhibition which not only showcases the abilities of their pupils, but also pays a great tribute to what was known as Chorley’s darkest day.”

Rare Festubert-related medals and artefacts are also on display.

The gallery opens from noon to 3.30pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

It’s been a real credit to Chorley’s teachers to see just how much of their own personal time and effort they have put into delivering this exhibition

Historian Stuart Clewlow

Don’t miss our special eight-page pull-out on the Festubert project in tomorrow’s Guardian.