Boston’s First World War Centenary Memorial Appeal has been boosted by schoolchildren and a £500 councillor donation.
Borough and county councillor Bob McAuley donated the cash from his county Big Society Fund.
Handing the cheque over to representatives of the ex-servicemen’s organisations involved he said: “I felt it important that support was shown for this once-in-a-lifetime event. And I felt it important, 100 years on, that we showed appropriate acknowledgement for the ultimate sacrifice made by so many from the Boston borough area.
“It’s right that there is a public commemoration of the centenary of the start of the First World War, as it will be right that, in four years time, we celebrate the centenary of the end of that dreadful conflict.”
Schools in the area are also getting behind the appeal.
First to declare support was Boston Hawthorn Tree Corner Primary School and Wrangle Primary School.
Children at Hawthorn Tree are growing poppies and are planning to learn some popular songs of the period, while Wrangle Primary School pupils are also planning a sponsored event and are learning about the war from Wrangle branch of the Royal British Legion.
Children at Boston St Nicholas Church of England Primary School are planning a wear poppy red non-uniform day.
Wyberton Primary School is planning an event for its story-telling garden.
Boston Grammar School is to make a donation and Boston High School has also pledged support and has a full programme of activities planned related to the First World War.
Key Stage 3 pupils’ studies relate to the war and 50 Year nine girls are to go a battlefields trip.
The curriculum will also include literature and poetry from the First World War.
If your school wants to help fund a borough memorial for Boston’s Memorial Gardens to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War – or to offer your support – contact Andrew Malkin at Boston Borough Council.
You can call him on 01205 314308 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
VIP representatives from all schools which donate will be invited to the official memorial unveiling and dedication.
Other donnations for the appeal in recent weeks have come from from Staples Chilled Fresh Vegetables of Wrangle, and Peter Udy, of Frampton.