Story of Walkley First World War soldiers to be retold

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Local history buffs with an interest in the First World War are being offered the chance to hear the lives of nine soldiers from Walkley vividly retold.

Walkley Historians have been researching the lives of the Walkley men who fought and died in the four-year conflict between 1914 and 1918.

Memorial windows paying tribute to each of the men were recently restored at Walkley Community Centre.

Now, their tales will be told by acclaimed storyteller Simon Heywood, who will recreate their journey from Walkley Reform Club to the trenches of the Western Front.

The events are based on the research of the Walkley Historians, who have traced the mens’ lives from birth through to childhood, early careers and enlisting in the army, through to their deaths on the battlefields of France and Flanders.

The performances will be held on Saturday at Walkley Community Centre in Fir Street from 2pm, with a second performance from 3pm.

There will also be a display of original wartime objects, uniforms and maps by Crookes WW1 historian Gavin Holliday.

Tickets, priced £2.50 each, are available from Beeches of Walkley on South Road, or on the door.