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A writer with a particular interest in the First World War will visit Lancashire next week.

Adrian Gregson will be at Burscough Library on Wednesday 14 November from 10.30am to 12 noon for a special free event.

Growing up in Southport, Adrian now lives in Worcester.

The author will be talking about his new book, speaking with visitors at the event and signing copies of ‘From Docks and Sand.’

The book is inspired by Adrian’s great uncle, who was a soldier in World War One. Its origins are in conversations that Adrian had with his grandmother, about her brother who was killed at Givenchy in the battle of the Lys, in 1918.

From Docks and Sand talks about soldiers in the 7th Battalion King’s Liverpool Regiment in 1914 being recruited from the Southport area as well as from the docklands and slum areas of Bootle.

It tells the story of the regiment from being in France in 1915, when they fought at Festubert, through the Somme, to Passchendaele and then taking part in the German Spring Offensive in 1918.

The lives and communities left behind in Southport and Bootle, including the riots that followed the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915, are also covered in the book.

It is free to attend the event at the library, but tickets are limited and must be booked in advance.

County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “This looks to be a really interesting book about the importance and significance of community identity to a battalion.

“I hope that the second novel goes well.”

For more information about the event, phone 0300 123 6703, or call in at the library.

Alternatively, go to www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries.

Anyone who lives in the UK can join a Lancashire library, either online or by visiting in person. Membership is free and there are no age restrictions.

Adrian Gregson’s first book is called Worcestershire’s War: Voices of the First World War’.

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