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Young people creatively commemorate WWI

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St Helens Libraries recently launched a World War One Creative Writing competition for young people and held a special prize-giving ceremony to celebrate their accomplishments.

To mark the commemoration of the outbreak of World War One, the Library Service invited children and young people to write a story, poem, letter or diary entry, imagining that they lived in St Helens in 1914 at the start of the war.

The celebratory event was held at Chester Lane Library, where the winners were presented with prizes by representatives of the competition sponsors West Lancashire Freemasons Charity and Newton Rotary Club.

The Winners and runners-up received book tokens and a certificate, and the school they attend also received book tokens.

81 young people entered the competition and the standard of submissions was extremely high, making judging particularly difficult.

All entrants were given a copy of the ‘St Helens Pals’ book, researched and produced by local historians including Peter Harvey, who was present for the prize-giving. The book, compiled from historical military records and letters from the front, charts the battalion’s movements during the Great War.

Sue Williamson, Head of Library Services, said: “We were overwhelmed by the effort the young people have gone to in remembrance and commemoration. It shows that they appreciate the significance of the war at this important milestone. We hope to see more young people participate when the competition runs again later this year.”

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