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Powerful piece of art produced as war centenary commemoration

The powerful mural at the former War memorial swimming pool at Sir John Nelthorpe School after it's unveiling. EMN-140626-072625001

The powerful mural at the former War memorial swimming pool at Sir John Nelthorpe School after it's unveiling. EMN-140626-072625001

Two murals, one more than 21 metres long, have been created at a Brigg School, as part of the town’s World War One commemorations.

The powerful art works were unveiled at the Sir John Nelthorpe School to commemorate the former students and staff who lost their lives in First World War.

The event had added poignancy as students have been involved in a project to trace relatives of some of the men pictured and these students were present when the murals were revealed.

Also attending the unveiling were descendants of First World war soldiers.

One of those was Sylvia Elliott, whose grandfather, Percy Margetts, had been a teacher at the school before he was called to arms and subsequently killed in battle.

The murals, costing more than £3,000, were funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and designed by students.

The mural is on the site of the old school swimming pool, which was built as a memorial to the school’s war dead.

The pool had to be filled in many years ago due to maintenance and economic reasons.

The unveiling was part of a World War One themed day at the school, with students also being visited by a First World War re-enactor in full uniform, who talked about life in the trenches. .

Year 10 students have been working on a series of creative projects on the theme of the First World War - including drama, textiles and using the new 3D printer to help create a scale model of the trenches.

Their work was also on display.

The murals are just one part of a bigger lottery funded project involving Brigg Town Council, Brigg Heritage Centre, the Royal British Legion and local historians.

It has seen students trace the lives of many of the men and women listed on local war memorials.

In February, the research was put to good use when staff and students visited Belgium and France to film a video documentary based on the experiences of local men.

The mural includes photographs taken on that trip, as well as pictures of the fallen soldiers provided by their relatives.

 

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