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Spalding Parish Church talk will reveal the real people being names on WWI memorial

An author's reflections on the real people behind the names on a Spalding WWI Memorial will launch a moving tribute at St Mary and St Nicolas Church.

The parish church is playing its part in the 'Nationwide Installation for the Fallen', when silhouettes of Tommies will be seated in the pews to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of The Great War.

Civil and military aviation author Alastair Goodrum will open the commemoration with a talk in the church at noon on Tuesday, November 6.

Silhouettes like these will appear in Spalding Parish Church.
Silhouettes like these will appear in Spalding Parish Church.

The Vicar of Spalding, the Rev John Bennett, said: "We shall be putting 11 transparent silhouettes in pews facing the World War I memorial in St George's Chapel.

"They represent the men who went off to fight and did not return alive to Spalding.

"We will remember them and the grief of those who loved them."

The silhouettes will remain in the church for the entire month of November.

Charities benefiting from the sale of Tommy figures are The Royal Foundation, Combat Stress, Walking with the Wounded, Help for Heroes, Project Equinox and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

* There is free admission to Alastair Goodrum's talk, which is followed by a buffet lunch, but anyone who wants to attend should call 01775 722772 or email parish.office@stmaryandstnicolas.org.uk

Parishes across the district have also bought upright Tommies to site at various points, including WWI memorials, to mark the centenary of the day the guns fell silent.

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