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Design shortlisted for permanent memorial to First World War football match

Shortlisted design: This design from Tower Road Academy in Boston could be made into a permanent memorial.

Shortlisted design: This design from Tower Road Academy in Boston could be made into a permanent memorial.

A Boston school has made the final shortlist in a national competition to design a permanent memorial to the football matches played along the Western Front during the Christmas Truce in December 1914.

The competition is part of the Football Remembers project organised by the British Council, The Football Association, Football League and Premier League.

And a design from Tower Road Academy, in Ashlawn Drive, has made the shortlisted field.

The judges are HRH The Duke of Cambridge, President of The FA, and Arsenal and England star Theo Walcott, with guidance from the British Council and the National Memorial Arboretum.

In all, 34 schools across the country made the final shortlist – and the winning school will be announced in September.

The chosen design will then be made into a permanent memorial to be housed at the National Memorial Arboretum.

All the shortlisted designs have gone on display along with the other finalists at an exhibition at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, which is open daily and free to enter.

 

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