Touching World War One memorial created in Havant

NOT FORGOTTEN The Book of Remembrance records the sacrifice made by Havant Borough residents
NOT FORGOTTEN The Book of Remembrance records the sacrifice made by Havant Borough residents
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Havant’S heritage centre is unveiling an embroidered book to remember those who lost their lives in World War One.

The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre is unveiling the touching 18-page memorial on Friday, July 10, at 4pm.

The Book of Remembrance has seen a great coming together of the public and our artistic community to create a beautiful memorial to those who lost their lives in The Great War

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One last year, the Havant-based venue commissioned local artist Margaret Marks to create a piece of work in lasting memory of those who gave their lives in the conflict.

To help with the book’s creation, the general public were asked to come forward and share their stories and recollections of families and friends who took part in The Great War.

Alongside their tales, members of the community created a fabric poppy.

Margaret said: ‘The main theme of the embroidered book is taken from a poem that was handed to me by a Havant local, who found it in her family’s papers. It tells of one man’s experience, from recruitment to that final sacrifice.

‘I have taken excerpts from it and then sewn it in the gentleman’s handwriting.’

Each page is 10 inches wide and 13-and-a-half inches high, with a facing page stitched with the names on the memorial.

Kate Saunders, participation and heritage manager, who has been co-ordinating the project, said: ‘The Book of Remembrance has seen a great coming together of the public and our artistic community to create a beautiful memorial to those who lost their lives in The Great War.

‘The finished book is both a touching reminder of the sacrifice made by Havant Borough residents and a powerful artistic statement. It embodies the importance of commemorating and celebrating our local heritage.’

The resulting 15-foot long embroidery, alongside 100 of the community fabric poppies, will be unveiled by the Mayor of Havant, Councillor Leah Turner.

The creation will remain on display in The Spring’s Sadler Gallery until Thursday, October 29.

Call The Spring Box Office on 023 9247 2700 or email kates@thespring.co.uk to reserve your space at the unveiling.