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Six-foot Tommies pop up in Preston to remember World War One heroes

Posted on - 2nd November, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Preston City Centre, Preston History, Preston News

Mayor and Tommy at Cenotaph

Six-foot Tommies are popping up around Preston in remembrance of those who lost their lives in World War One.

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The transparent silhouettes are located at iconic places around the city centre, including two figures at the Cenotaph, one in the Harris, one inside Preston Market Hall and one at Winckley Square.

Hundreds of Tommies are appearing all over the country as part of the 2018 Armistice project ‘There But Not There’ for the charity Remembered.

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Artist Martin Barraud created the Tommies and the project aims to raise more than £15 million to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Fund raised from the purchase of the figures will go directly to supporting the beneficiary charities of The Royal FoundationWalking With The WoundedCombat StressHelp for HeroesProject Equinox: Housing Veterans and Medical Students and Commonwealth War Graves Foundation.

Tommy and sandbags at Market

Mayor of Preston, Councillor Trevor Hart, said: “Preston is honoured to be supporting the nationwide campaign ‘There But Not There’ – a poignant tribute commemorating one hundred years since the end of World War One.

“The figures are a striking sight and will add to the significance of this year’s Remembrance Day service, along with the knitted and crochet poppies donated by the people of Preston.”

What do you think about the Tommies appearing in Preston? Have you spotted them yet? Let us know in the comments below

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