You know when you walk past something so often that it just becomes a part of the background well that recently happened to me until someone said ‘What’s that history wall all about in the Strand? It’s asking for people to share their memories of WW1 but there will be hardly anyone who can do that’.
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Well the wall remains blank despite being on the shop unit for 6 months or more now but if you think about it anyone with memories of WW1 would have to be well over 100 years old now.
I posted on this site last year about Bootle’s WW1 Pop-Up shop/Museum (see link below) and my recollection is that the memory wall appeared around the same time.
I wonder what those who put the memory wall up intended?
And again continuing my First World War theme for 2014
This pop-up shop opened yesterday and I was pleased to be there. It’s well worth a visit if you are going to The Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle.
The recreation of a WW1 trench is very well done indeed and there is a lot of information on display. I understand that young people with disabilities helped to construct the recreated trench working with Sefton Council’s Rangers.
Here are a few shots I took at the opening event held at 11am yesterday:-
Sefton Mayor Kevin Cluskey opens the shop
Cllr. Peter Dowd (Leader of Sefton) talking to Cllr. Fred Weavers from Southport who is a former SBS serviceman. Looks like Fred has told Peter one of his bad jokes.
A WW1 trench recreated
Cllr. Weavers again this time with Cllr. Bruce Hubbard of Maghull Town Council who is one of the local historians who have been working on the project.
There are more photos amongst my Flickr shots at:-