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Peace in football plaque unveiled in Bamber Bridge park

Posted on - 18th September, 2023 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Bamber Bridge, History, Preston News, South Ribble News, Sport
The peace field plaque at Withy Grove Pic: South Ribble Borough Council

A call to promote peace in football has been unveiled at Withy Grove Park in Bamber Bridge.

Funded by South Ribble Borough Council and the Armed Forces Covenant the plaque marks the 1914 Christmas truce in the First World War when soldiers undertook a game of football.

Leader of the borough council councillor Paul Foster said: “We are delighted to have unveiled such a monumental and historic symbol that represents peace in our community and beyond.

“The plaque is the perfect addition to Withy Grove Park to promote teamwork and peace.

“I hope those that use the pitches will take this symbol and play with the idea of peace in mind”.

Read more: Withy Grove Park sees car park changes and expansion

The plaque is found at the frotn of the Bamber Bridge sports hub.

The plaque has been offered by the National Children’s Football Alliance and the Peace Village to twin a designated area of play with Flanders Peace Fields, site of the Christmas Truce.

Read more: Withy Grove Park achieves first ever green flag award

Today the truce is remembered as a symbolic moment of peace and humanity. An action taken by soldiers caught up in the conflict that was The First World War.

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