War event brings community together

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A COMMUNITY came together to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

Fratton Community Centre, based in Trafalgar Place, held an event to raise money for charity and to remember those who fought in the Great War.

The Lord Mayor, Cllr Steven Wyllie, paid a visit to the community centre to join in the commemorations.

He said: ‘What we’ve been seeing from today and in the city after the anniversary of the First World War is how it had affected people here.

‘It has had an impact on getting our young people here in Portsmouth to understand what happened 100 years ago and how warfare changed the face of this country.’

Visitors from Help For Heroes and the Royal British Legion also came to commemorate the events with the local community.

Niel Brown, 60, from Help For Heroes, said: ‘The 100 year anniversary gets people’s attention and it gives us a chance to get the message out that that was then, but things go on.

‘We still need to help the people who are affected by these conflicts.’

The World War One day at the community centre included many activities, including a charity football match, where the community centre played aganst the police, story-telling and displays of artefacts from the Royal Armouries and the British Army.

Val Thorne, 73, chair of Fratton Community Association, said: ‘The purpose of today was to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

‘We’ve invited charities in to join us today and hopefully this would encourage more people to come in and use the community centre.

‘Our history explains why we’ve got where we are today, without our history we wouldn’t be anywhere.’