Tour de France Hollywood-style sign in Oxenhope has poignant new role

Tour de France Hollywood-style sign in Oxenhope has poignant new role

Bradford Lord Mayor Councillor Mike Gibbons joins local people at the Hollywood-style First World War commemorative sign in Oxenhope

From left, Bradford Lord Mayor Councillor Mike Gibbons speaks to Russell Brown, next to the Hollywood-style commemorative sign in Oxenhope

From left, Bradford Lord Mayor Councillor Mike Gibbons with Russell Brown, near the Hollywood-style First World War commemorative sign

From left, Andy Wade, of Men of Worth, Russell Brown, and Bradford Lord Mayor Councillor Mike Gibbons with the standard representing local men who went to war in 1914, next to the Hollywood-style commemorative sign in Oxenhope

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A TOUR de France-inspired Hollywood-style sign in Oxenhope is again being deployed, this time to mark 100 years since Britain's entry into the First World War.

The project, which originally set up the huge, unmissable sign in an Oxenhope field, has teamed up with Worth Valley Publishing and the Men of Worth military history group to create a poignant visual reminder of the trauma of 1914 to 1918.

The latest venture has been dubbed the Centenary Project.

Russell Brown, the man behind the creation of the giant sign, explained that he had been approached by Andy Wade from Men of Worth, who suggested that a sign could be erected to commemorate the Great War.

He said: "It seemed a fitting way to create a legacy project that continued our educational aims.

"We will continue to work collaboratively and engage local people. Oldfield Primary School is the first school to participate in this project. Prior to breaking up for summer holiday a number of pupils from the school helped to paint a giant poppy that we've now revealed as part of the sign to commemorate the First World War."

A gathering next to the sign was staged on centenary day on Monday, (August 4) which was attended by the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Mike Gibbons.

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