Corby plans to mark First World War

Events are being planned to commemorate the First World War
Events are being planned to commemorate the First World War

Plans are being made by Corby Council to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and it is hoped residents young and old will take part in the commemoration.

At a meeting of the council’s One Corby Policy Committee on Tuesday, members agreed to set up a working party to co-ordinate the authority’s involvement in events.

It is hoped schools, villages in the borough and community groups, as well at Corby Heritage Centre, will play a part in the commemoration.

Cllr John McGhee said: “It is important that this is a commemoration and not a celebration and that it involves as many people as possible, including schools.”

Council leader Tom Beattie said: “Education is an important part of the commemoration of the outbreak of the First World War, remembering the sacrifices of many millions of people and ensuring this never happens again.”

Cllr Sean Kettle said: “There are lessons to be learned and the commemoration should be appropriate and without jingoism.”

War broke out in June 1914, with Britain joining on August 4, 1914. The country will commemorate the war with a four-year programme of national and local events. Commemorations will also take place around the world.

Paul Goult, Corby Council’s democratic services manager, said: “The working group’s primary objectives will be to ensure appropriate commemorations are undertaken in the borough, based around the national timetable of events, and to provide educational material and information to increase public awareness both of the First World War, its impact on society and the ongoing legacy of the conflict.

“It is hoped the council’s activities can dovetail with any being organised by other local organisations.”

East Northants Council is not planning commemorative events and no-one was available to comment at Wellingborough and Kettering councils.