The Back to the Front campaign in Abbots Langley held a thank you for the 100 volunteers and supporters that worked on the project.
Project leader, Roger Yapp, explained to people at an afternoon at Bedmond Village Hall on Sunday, February 24, that its research started in 2006 reached a climax in 2018 when many local events and activities were held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
The project had aimed to convey a better understanding of the First World War to the local community and bring the community together to commemorate the part played by their forefathers, and with the support of the volunteers and supporters the project had been a great success.
The Heritage Lottery Fund, Abbots Langley Parish Council, Three Rivers District Council, and Sara Bedford’s Locality Grant were all thanked for their financial support, which also was key to the success of the project.
Whilst the guests enjoyed refreshments, a rolling slide show of over 400 photos of the project’s activities was shown and there was an opportunity to view the project’s exhibition.
The afternoon closed with three songs from the project’s production “Only Remembered” and a short film showing highlights of the production.
Back to the Front will continue throughout 2019 when two new war memorials will be created and installed locally using over 200 clay tiles made by local school children.
In addition, 600 stories of the soldiers from Langleybury and Leavesden will be published and later in the year the 100th anniversary of the building of the local war memorials at Abbots Langley, Bedmond and Langleybury will be commemorated.