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Prince Edward to unveil Liverpool World War I memorial

Prince Edward will unveil a new memorial to commemorate the Liverpool Pals.

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The Earl of Wessex will attend the ceremony at Lime Street Station on the 31st of August where he will officially unveil the £85,000 memorial.

The bronze sculpture is the end result of a three year campaign by The Liverpool Pals Memorial Fund to create a permanent tribute to remember those who volunteered for the King’s Liverpool Regiment during the First World War.

Liverpool sculptor, Tom Murphy, whose previous work includes the Noel Chavasse memorial, created the design.

Speaking of the memorial, Mr Murphy said “It has been a privilege to be chosen to sculpt the Liverpool Pals Memorial and I have ensured that the theme of remembrance permeates the entire work.”

“Each figure depicted is lost in their own memories of someone or somewhere dear to them – friends, loved ones or simply home. It is fitting to have this artwork of remembrance at this major gateway to honour those brave men and boys that did not make it back home.”

Following the unveiling in front of invited guests, the focus will shift to St George’s Plateau, where a re-enactment of the Liverpool Pals signing up will take place, 100 years to the day since Liverpool men volunteered to be recruits.

As part of the re-enactment, part of the plateau will be transformed into a trench and a field hospital which will symbolise the different elements of the conflict.

People in Liverpool are encouraged to come and see the new memorial being unveiled whilst dressing up in Edwardian clothing as part of the re-enactment.

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