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The November meeting of The Towneley Hall Society was addressed by local historian Denise North. Denise has spent many years researching Burnley connections with the first world war and has regularly visited the war graves on the Western Front in France and Belgium.

She explained how the town has commemorated the sacrifices of the men and women over the past four years. These occasions have been many and varied, from the annual remembrance day services to special events  particularly involving children from many local schools.

Following this Mr. Tony Atkins showed the members rifles from both wars and explained the differences. We were invited to handle the guns and were amazed at the weight of them!

Mike Townend had opened the galleries for the members so that they could view War Memorial Exhibition which is currently running in the Stocks Massey Gallery. He also handed out the “Little Children Weak” books to all members.