Howley residents enjoy First World War memorial

Howley residents enjoy First World War memorial

Howley residents enjoy First World War memorial

First published in News

A MEMORIAL corridor to pay tribute to the servicemen and women who fought during the First and Second World War has been unveiled at Birch Court Nursing and Residential Home in Howley.

Photographs of fallen heroes, memories from residents and their families and lines of flags adorn the walls to mark the centenary of the Great War and the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings.

Activity Co-ordinator Pauline Pomfrett, who was the mastermind behind the commemorative displays, said: “When you just sit and listen to the residents you realise how many incredible stories they have to share.

“Because it was one hundred years since the start of the First World War and seventy years since the D-Day Landings, we wanted to do something special to remember those involved.”

Three of the care home’s oldest residents, who lived through both world wars, were on hand to celebrate the opening of the memorial corridor.

Born on January 3, 1911, great-great-grandmother Kath Lygo can remember having to run for shelter as planes invaded the sky, loaded with bombs during the Second World War.

The 103-year-old, who lived most of her life in Penketh, said: “All the lights would go out as the planes were coming. It was scary.

“We would hide in the shelter to make sure we were safe from the bombs.”

101-year-old Ellen Bryan and 99-year-old Ellen Garvin also waved their flags proudly to mark the completion of the war tribute at the care home.

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