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War tales told in new recordings

War stories: Sarah Bayley, Lucy Holden, James Rooney and Joyce Holden at Galloways Society For The Blind

War stories: Sarah Bayley, Lucy Holden, James Rooney and Joyce Holden at Galloways Society For The Blind

 

Special recordings featuring readings and songs have been made to commemorate the start of the two world wars.

Galloway’s Society For The Blind wanted to do something to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War and 75th anniversary of the Second World War.

They invited Joyce Holden, Lancashire authority literacy governor, and three Chorley students to do recordings for their listeners.

They went to Galloway’s studio in Penwortham to record items on various aspects of the wars, including soldiers’ letters from the front, the history of the poppy and British Red Cross, women’s roles in the conflict, a 92-year-old veteran’s experience in the Arctic convoys, war poetry and more.

There was a reading about the plans for a war memorial in Euxton, from an article by historian Stuart Clewlow.

Joyce spent three hours doing the readings with James Rooney, 13, a pupil at Holy Cross Catholic High School, and Lucy Holden, a former pupil at Southlands High School who is now a law student.

Several popular war songs were performed by Sarah Bayley, 15, who is an accomplished vocalist and pupil at Holy Cross. They included We’ll Meet Again and Pack Up Your Troubles.

James said: “We have learned so much about recording in a professional environment and working as part of a team.

“The chosen readings and songs have greatly increased our knowledge and understanding of the two world wars.”

Holy Cross has an active student Amnesty International Youth Group and the recordings are part of their work to raise awareness and provide information about human rights.

The recorded material is now available to schools, Action For The Blind and Galloway’s listeners.

 

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