Saturday, 31 October 2020

Henley shops mark centenary of World War I

SHOPS in Henley marked the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War with special window displays.

The Bell Bookshop in Bell Street filled its windows with British flags, bunting and chalkboards with quotes about the war from historical figures such as former American president Herbert Hoover.

Books of poetry, fiction, history and biographies have been put on display by manager Alison Rosby.

At the Oxfam book shop in Duke Street, volunteer Sally-Anne Plunket put together a display of books from or about the conflict.

Fellow volunteer Robin Batchelor-Smith designed banners featuring fields of poppies which have been put up in the windows.

Mrs Plunket said: "We had been collecting the books for several months. I do the shop window displays normally and we just thought it would be nice to commemorate the war."

Meanwhile, paper poppies made by Henley schoolchildren went on display to mark the centenary. Pupils in years 5 and 6 at Trinity School made 298 poppies in memory of the soldiers from the Henley area who lost their lives in the conflict.

The flowers were laminated and stuck to lollipop sticks before being placed on the roundabout near Tesco in Reading Road by members of Henley in Bloom's Gardening Buddies. Each poppy has the name of the child who made it written on the back. Town councillor Elizabeth Hodgkin, who runs the Buddies, said: "What I like about this is that all the poppies look different. The children weren't told how to draw a poppy, they just drew what they felt was right, which is lovely."

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