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15/07/2014 : 11:16:03      reply with quote

Amazing but forgotten stories of Silsden during the First World War - that's the theme of a three day centenary exhibition in August at the town hall, hosted by Silsden Local History Group.
The exhibition will remember:

* the Silsden mill-worker who turned a French hotel into a hospital for the severely wounded.

* the Silsden football jerseys made at Waterloo Mills and sent out to the Somme battlefield.

* the Belgian refugees who found shelter here

* the Silsden clog-iron maker who appeared before a military tribunal and refused to enlist "whatever the consequences"

* the Silsden landlady who put on a uniform and drove heavy trucks for the army

*the Silsden soldier so shell-shocked that he was committed to an asylum for the next 53 years.

These and countless other stories from our town, will be on display, with free admission, from August 8th-10th. The exhibition will be opened at 2pm on Friday the 8th by David Locker, whose uncle Bernard is one of "the missing of the Somme".

Other community groups taking part include the British Legion (who will be running a cafe), Silsden Town Band, Silsden Community Productions, Silsden Singers, Steeton Male Voice Choir and the St. James knitting group. There will be a children's corner too, with toys loaned by Craven and Grassington Museums.

This special weekend will end with a service at St. James Church on Sunday afternoon, when the book of remembrance will be re-dedicated.

Programmes covering the whole weekend of activities are now available at the post office, library, churches and shops.
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15/07/2014 : 18:58:43      reply with quote

Lisrener, from Silsden AFC knows the football story
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16/07/2014 : 19:31:48      reply with quote

Just to add that tickets for the two evening performances on stage (based on real events and Silsden characters) are now on sale 5 at Twiggs. All other events during the WW1 weekend are free admission.
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