Isle of Man News - POSTED Tue 26-01-2016

Manx children remember the First World War

by LC

Never Such Innocence (NSI), a First World War commemoration charity, is pleased to announce the launch of its 2015/16 poetry and art competition on the Isle of Man, the second edition of its resource and the publication of its play for schools.

Never Such Innocence, a charity established by Lady Lucy French, great-granddaughter of Field Marshal Sir John French, is working with Manx schools this year to help children remember the contribution of local soldiers.

We are bringing NSI to the Crown Dependencies with the support of Coutts and are delighted to be launching on the Isle of Man on 28th January at the Manx Museum. Local children will be given a unique opportunity to engage with their heritage and commemorate the centenary of the First World War by participating in Never Such Innocence’s poetry and art competition.

Over eight thousand soldiers from the island enlisted, and over two thousand were killed or injured during the war. A century later, Never Such Innocence is giving pupils from the ages of 9-16 across the British Isles the opportunity to contribute to the centenary commemorations by entering their poem or picture, inspired by the events of the First World War, into the competition. They can win prizes for themselves and their schools – to be collected at a special awards ceremony at the Houses of Parliament this spring.

The competition is being launched in Douglas on 28th January at the Manx Museum. Potential entrants can contact for more information and a free copy of the charity’s resource pack.

Lady Lucy French, Chair and Founder of Never Such Innocence, said: ‘I am very excited that we are bringing NSI to the Crown Dependencies and launching at the Manx Museum. Highlighting the contribution of the island, and the other Crown Dependencies is vital to the centenary of the Great War and its commemorations. Getting today's young people to play their part is very special - they are creating a centenary legacy for generations to come.’

David Batey, Director for Coutts in the Isle of Man said: ‘This collaboration with Never Such Innocence provides a special way for Manx children to connect with their heritage and commemorate the centenary of the First World War with poetry and art. I am delighted Coutts is involved in bringing such a worthwhile cause to the Crown Dependencies and look forward to seeing the entries from the Isle of Man’s talented students.”

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