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West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper returned to see the completed tribute of the World War One centenary designed by the pupils of All Saints CE Primary School in Appley Bridge.

In October Rosie visited the school to see the plans for the World War One Remembrance Garden, which was a work in progress at the time. November 7th was the official opening of the garden. The project was funded by a £10,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant. Teacher Jayne Hutchings submitted the bid on behalf of the school having received a letter from MP Rosie encouraging schools to apply for the money.

On her recent visit Rosie was shown the now completed garden with its mosaics and a tribute to the fallen soldiers by pupils Jack and William along with Headteacher Janet Dunn, Jayne Hutchings and teaching assistant Jane Bimson.

MP Rosie said:

“All Saints’ pupils have delivered a very thoughtful, inspired and moving tribute to all those who served during World War One.

“In the mosaic designs and the sculpture of the fallen solider the children have captured why we remember and commemorate the service of our brave armed forces.

“I am glad that I came back to see the finished garden of remembrance.

“It is evident from walking around the school that the pupils have been passionate about their work in the garden and in the classroom learning about World War One a century since it began. Every pupil should be immensely proud of their contribution on the centenary of World War One.”

Headteacher Janet Dunn said:

“Being able to commemorate the century of World War One in building this garden of remembrance has meant a great deal to our staff and pupils. It goes beyond simply learning the facts on the page.

“Through Rosie highlighting the availability of the lottery funding we have been able to give the children a unique learning opportunity but also the chance to build a lasting memorial a century later to each of those who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms.

“Building this remembrance garden has been a special experience for the entire school.

“It was great to be able to bring Rosie back to show her the finished garden having brought her here in October to show the progress we were making.”

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