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WW 1 stories told in documentary

Poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan, together with documentary photographer Ian Beesley, will use a real ‘magic lantern’ projector to recount the experiences of old soldiers, from the horrors of the frontline to growing old in a changing world.

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Old soldier Harry Holmes, looking at photo of his younger self.

A captivating magic lantern projector show at Accrington Library will tell the story of World War One from the viewpoint of the men who survived it.

Poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan, together with documentary photographer Ian Beesley, will use a real ‘magic lantern’ projector to recount the experiences of old soldiers, from the horrors of the frontline to growing old in a changing world.

The show, from 8pm on Thursday, September 25, will also include the tales of the women who worked in the munitions factories that supplied the war effort.

Ian McMillan, who has been acclaimed as a popular and amusing poet, is looking forward to the event.

He said: “This is a magical evening of slides and words that tell the stories of a war that caught ordinary people in its terrible net.”

The two presenters will also explore the history of magic lanterns shows, and how they were used to illustrate a wide range of topical stories – everything from the natural world to engineering feats and events in the British Empire.

The evening is part of ‘Remembering WW1’, a special season of commemorative performances for the centenary of the war, and is organised by Lancashire County Council and Spot On, a rural touring arts network.

Ian Beesley has been recognised for his detailed and evocative photography.

‘Magic Lantern Tales’ is suitable for everyone aged 12 and over.

Tickets cost £10 for adults and £8 for children and concessions.

For more information and to book tickets call 01772 533040.

To find out more information about commemorative events across the county visit the website at www.lancashireww1.org.uk.