Warrington marks WW1 centenary

First World War commemoration
(l-r) Reverend Canon Paul D Wilson, Rector of Warrington; Cllr Graham Friend; Cllr Diana Bennett; and Cllr Jean Flaherty.
Published: Tuesday, 13th March 2018

Warrington Town Hall joined other locations around the country in raising the Commonwealth flag at 10am on Monday 12 March to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War and Commonwealth Day.

The council’s armed forces champion, Cllr Graham Friend, was joined by Cllr Diana Bennett, Cllr Jean Flaherty and Reverend Canon Paul D Wilson, Rector of Warrington, to light the fourth of four candles symbolising the four years of the First World War. 

The ceremony has been repeated annually for the last four years up to today.

Cllr Graham Friend said: “The Commonwealth values of tolerance, respect and understanding as well as equity and fairness set out in the Commonwealth Charter are also the values that I speak about as armed forces champion. 

“This small but symbolic and important event will give us time to reflect on what has gone before but also of conflicts today and how vital it is to continue to strive for our own communities and for our worldwide community also.”