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Friends of Padgate Library commemorate the First World War

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FRIENDS of Padgate Library, supported by Warrington Borough Council’s neighbourhoods team, are one of more than 30 community groups to sign up to recreate ‘Blighty Clubs’ for local people to experience.

Blighty Clubs were established throughout Britain at the end of the war, as a place for returning soldiers to meet, play cards, reminisce and enjoy music.

Community groups are rebranding their regular sessions leading up to 11 November, by sharing music, memories and social activities of the time. Blighty Club boxes have been loaned to groups to support them, containing bunting and memorabilia.

Friends of Padgate library said they were delighted to be offered a Blighty Club box and a ‘Tommy’ statue which forms the centerpiece of the display in library. Padgate Library, along with its volunteers from the community, have also created a ‘curtain of poppies’ to commemorate the end of the First World War.

Cllr Tony Higgins, executive board member for leisure and community, said: “This is another example of the value libraries offer to our community. Working with groups like the Friends of Padgate Library can only strengthen the relationship.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those volunteers who have worked so hard on the displays and events at Padgate Library to commemorate the end of the First World War”.

If you would like to get involved in supporting Padgate Library you can join their Facebook group or send an email to friendsofpadgatelibrary@gmail.com.

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