A church in Salford will host a celebration of remembrance for those who lost their lives in World War 1.

This Saturday the Friends of St Thomas’ Pendleton will host a short film, readings from letters of the day and songs and refreshments of the era.

World War 1 took many lives from the Pendleton area and Salford as a whole suffered greatly.

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Barry Emberton, from the Friends of St Thomas, said: “A lot of young men from around Pendleton lost their lives

“We have 500 names of men who fell on a board in the church”

“It feels very fitting to do it in the church where those men once sat on the pews and trod the aisles and then went on to make the ultimate sacrifice for king and country.”

Visitors on Saturday can expect a two-hour dive into what Salford was like 100 years ago with memorabilia from the time.

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Barry added: “It’s to get a feel of what life was like surrounding the church at the time including communities that used the space like the boy scouts and the Mothers Union.

“We will base the evening on narratives, from people on the home front trying to keep things going as normal to the young boys and some of the clergy who found themselves on the battlefield of Northern France.

“An evening of remembrance.”

St Thomas’ Church on Broad Street was built over 190 years ago and its churchyard contains the war graves of four World War 1 soldiers who are all commemorated by a special memorial.

The celebration by the Friends of St Thomas will begin at 7 pm on Saturday 13th.

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