Tenbury 1914 amongst the ideas for the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.

Ludlow Advertiser: Tenbury plans to mark the start of First World War. Tenbury plans to mark the start of First World War.

TENBURY as it was in 1914 is the big idea for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

It is one of the ideas being looked at for the anniversary of the Great War - an event that shaped in 20th century and has its ramification's today.

A team has been set up to plan a programme of events and the successful Tenbury 1941 event staged three years ago has fired the idea of an ambitious reenactment.

Also on the agenda is an exhibition of war letters, photographs and other memorabilia.

The organisers that include former Mayor Richard Jones want to hear from anyone who was alive during the conflict that saw killing on an industrial scale.

It is also planned that there will be a special service in St Mary's Church at 11am on Monday, August 4 to mark exactly 100 years since the guns started firing.

There are also plans to involve schools and Richard Jones will be meeting Adrian Price the head teacher at Tenbury High School to discuss ideas that could include making a map of the town as it was in 2014.

"It will be important to remember the tremendous sacrifice that was made," said Richard Jones.

"People just downed tools, left the fields and went to fight."

The history will also look at the impact that the war had on the local area with the loss of so many men who went away to war at a time when farming was so important and labour intensive.

During the second world war the loss of men was partly made up for by the Women's Land Army with a large contingent in Tenbury but during the 1914-1918 conflict there was no one to fill be gap.

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