Lord Dannatt urges Norfolk churches to mark centenary
Churches across Norfolk are being urged to join in a national initiative to put silhouettes of soldiers in places of worship to mark the centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 First World, by General the Lord Richard Dannatt, former head of the British Army and a Norfolk resident. Keith Morris reports.
Lord Dannatt is patron of the There But Not There initiative and told Network Norfolk: “I commend There But Not There for churches to consider as part of their Armistice 2018 commemoration. Grants are available for churches, schools and communities to buy silhouettes of First World War Tommies to take the names off the war memorials and bring representations of the fallen back into their communities - there, but not there.”
Lord Dannatt was Constable of the Tower of London until July 2016, and as such, in 2014, oversaw the iconic Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation, 888,246 ceramic poppies installed in the moat of the Tower of London.
“The poppies at the Tower of London captured the start of the national WWI commemoration – There But Not There will be the abiding concluding image,” he said.
There But Not There aims to place a representative figure for as many as possible of the names on local war memorials, around the country, into their place of worship, their school, their workplace or wherever their absence was keenly felt. These transparent silhouettes will be back within their communities for Remembrance 2018, the centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 First World War.
There But Not There will be the defining centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 war, installed where the men and women came from across the country, back in the communities they left behind.
The Tommies are made by the Royal British Legion Industries and funds raised from their sale will contribute directly to the work carried out by charities including The Royal Foundation the The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation, Walking With The Wounded, Combat Stress and Help for Heroes.
Please see their website www.therebutnotthere.org.uk
Find out about funding grants here.
Pictured above are the Tommy silhouettes in a church.