Clubs and community groups in Saltburn have been working away for months putting together events and attractions, which will begin with a piper leading a parade through the town and will include stalls, music, period costume, video exhibitions and live theatre.
The parade will begin at 10am at the Emmanuel Church, from where it will proceed to the War Memorial on Glenside, where a short service will be given, before the official opening of Glenside community stalls, and bandstand events. At the Toc H building, the public are invited to sign a record in commemoration of their contribution to the centenary event, (records to be placed in the library archives or a time capsule).
The Community Theatre will be showing films and interviews recording the memories of local people, created by the Pocket Watch Project. Huntcliff students’ films will be shown based on their research into WWI. This will be
followed by two WWI themed matinee performances, from our very own Valley Player and our special guests the Nunthorpe Players.
The Community Centre will host a variety of local groups, displaying the history of the town and examining how it has changed in the last 100 years, through displays of photos, and documents.
The library will be displaying information about the WWI soldiers whose names are recorded on the War Memorial, as well as those who are recorded in the cemetery. A lot of work has been done to find out who these men were, but there are still gaps, so if you are related to someone on the memorial, we would love to talk with you.
There will also be songs, educational entertainment and crafts, for the young, all on the theme of Then and Now. A stroll in the woods will lead you to the Woodland Centre, where there will be activities for all the family. Keep an eye out for other activities around the Valley Café, miniature railway, and donkey field.
The day will end on Glenside, with a bugler playing the last post.
Do you feel you could contribute to any of these events to preserve the War Memorial for at least the next 100 years and raise awareness of our town’s sacrifice? If you know you are related to someone on the War Memorial, we would like to get a photograph of you with the War Memorial on the day. As we find more and more people with connections to those men remembered on the memorial, we are beginning to see a fascinating 'family tree' emerge.
We need more people to get involved, from dressing shop windows to businesses charting their local history. We would also encourage people to help us chart the history of our buildings over the years. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all groups, individuals, and businesses, so far that have made this commemoration day possible.
This event would not be taking place without the support of many groups and people particularly but not exclusively to Cleveland Police Neighbourhood Team, Cleveland Fire Brigade, Saltburn and Marske Parish Council, Friends of
Saltburn, the 500 Club and The British Legion.
We look forward to seeing you on the 29th.
Maria from Building Bridges
Fiona from Pocket Watch Project