World War I centenary planning well under way in Plimmerton
PLIMMERTON has begun thinking about the how to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of World War I.
Twelve ANZAC stories of connections between the village and the war have already been published on the Plimmerton Residents Association website.
They will also be linking their website with the government website WW100 to share the stories from Plimmerton.
Allan Dodson, organiser of the 2014 commemoration for Plimmerton, says he will continue to research for stories and plans to put them on a display at Plimmerton Pavilion closer to the time.
He has started planning different events which will also be held in 2014 as a way to remember the war.
Plimmerton Pavilion, also known as Victory Park, was built in 1924/1925 to commemorate the war.
“It was for people who went away and people who stayed behind.”
Most of the stories on the Plimmerton website are based on research by Mr Dodson, but some of them come out of people approaching him.
“One of the stories, the Thompson family, came out of people wanting to tell their family story.”
Earlier this year Plimmerton held a celebration, Plimmerton Promenades in Style, to celebrate which looked at the villages past, as well as its present community.
Next year there will be a Plimmerton at Play which will look at the beach side of Plimmerton.
Mr Dodson says 2014 will focus on the 100 year commemoration of World War I.
“We’re looking at having a community dance in the school hall, looking into the people who came to Plimmerton after the wars and just getting people to tell their stories.”
Mr Dodson says a group will be set up to begin the planning, and there is support from the community.
“We’re pushing the human interest stories, rather than “this is the war” we’re looking at the people in it.”
WW100 is a site designed for people to see how others are commemorating the war, and a place to share ideas.