A FOUR year programme of events will take place in Warrington to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

Events will get under way in the summer with a Proms in the Park in Bank Park.

It will feature the band of the Lancashire Artillery and the band of 4th Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

Deputy leader of Warrington Borough Council Clr Mike Hannon, said: “It will ‘All be going on in Warrington’ as we launch our four-year programme of events to commemorate the First World War.

“Throughout Britain, the huge war effort and sacrifice touched so many lives and Warrington was no exception. T “hat’s why, as a council and with our partners including Culture Warrington, LiveWire, media, history and community groups, schools and parish councils across the borough, we’re planning a wide range of commemorative events.

“Work has already started on planning our big, high-profile events, and we are also asking local residents for their suggestions about how we can best commemorate the Warrington connection, the families and individuals who made such huge contributions to the war effort.”

Clr Hannon added: “With our local regiment, 75 Engineers, we are organising a Proms in the Park event for Saturday, July 19.

“This is a well-established annual concert but this year for the first time it will enjoy the beautiful backdrop of Bank Park following its £2.2 million makeover.

“Proms in the Park 2014 will be a fitting tribute to the deep and historic relationship between local regiments and Warrington Borough Council.”

Events will also take place in Orford Park with a First World War-style parade with a military band in June while Orford Hub Library will host a glass-painting event featuring the names of soldiers from the town who served in the war.

In August Culture Warrington will showcase a play including poetry and music from the Great War.

Warrington Borough Council will formally launch its four-year commemoration programme with a small civic ceremony at the Town Hall on Monday, August 4.