Tributes to every soldier from Longridge killed in First World War to appear around town

Businesses are being encouraged to host one of the 93 silhouette soldiers being created or honouring a Longridge soldier who died during the First World War.

Wednesday, 7th November 2018, 9:25 am
Updated Wednesday, 7th November 2018, 10:29 am
Longridge Timber's Pete Lambert and Sue Cornthwaite with one of the town's First World War Tommies

As part of the Longridge Cluster Schools Armistice Project, this particular project is the initiative of Simon Wallis, head teacher at Barnacre Road Primary School.

Made from plywood, the ghost soldiers are being placed in and around the town and imber merchant Longridge Timber has helped cut the silhouettes before being painted and mounted ready to go to their new home.

Sue Cornthwaite, director of Longridge Timber said “As a long-standing member of the business community and locals ourselves, we are proud to be able to support our town and the Barnacre Road school children with their amazing project. Our cutting machine operator Pete Lambert is doing such a great job”.

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The school is staging a Remembrance performance at Preston Guild Hall, written and directed by Mr Wallis, who is appreciative of how the community has supported the project .

He said: “The support from Longridge Timber from the start of this project back in September 2017 has been phenomenal. Both John and Sue Cornthwaite have been incredibly generous with both material and manpower support. Pete Lambert has taken such care in the cutting out of the figures and nothing has been too much trouble. Longridge Timber have epitomised the support from our business community”.

For anyone interested in buying their own ghost soldier, Pete from Longridge Timber can cut out the figures on demand (unpainted and without stand) for £38 each with all profits going to Royal British Legion.