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18 March 2014 – Community artwork designed by Ellesmere Port residents to commemorate 100 years since World War One has been officially unveiled by The Mayor of Ellesmere Port  at the Port Arcades Shopping Centre.

Managed by Whitby Road’s Paperboat Gallery, the project has seen many local people given the opportunity to create their own dove to be added to the display, including children from Westminster Primary School.

Each dove carries a reminder of the past and hope for the future.

Mayor of Ellesmere Port, Councillor Bob Crompton, said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity for local people, in particular our school children, to remember those who lost their lives in World War One and recognise the sacrifice made.

“They have been able to design their messages and then use the facilities of the Fab Lab based in Whitby Road to turn their thoughts into peace creations for the whole local community to see and enjoy.”

Director of Paperboat Gallery, Sonja Moss-Dolega, said: ‘Since the Paperboat Gallery’s community project started at the beginning of the year we have actively engaged with local schools, residential homes and community groups.

“It was a pleasure to bringing all lovingly hand decorated doves together to create one impressive piece that is celebrating peace and joy. We hope that all our fantastic contributors will come and have a look at their beautifully exhibited works.”

The Port Arcades has kindly given permission for the artwork to be displayed in the Mercer Walk area of the shopping centre, which is becoming a favourite spot for artwork on display.

Mercer Walk was also used for the Colin Parry Peace Campaigner talks about the Foundation for Peace and the themes of peace, forgiveness, and reconciliation, as part of the Ellesmere Port Arts Festival 2014.

Les Lyon, Manager of The Port Arcades Shopping Centre, said: ‘We feel very honoured at the Port Arcades to be able to provide a home for this beautiful and thought provoking work of art.

“All of those who have contributed are to be congratulated for their artistic skill and vision in the creation of this piece.”

Local councillor, Justin Madders, said: It makes me proud to be part of this town when I see such creativity from our young people. It certainly livens up Mercer Walk and showcases what talent and ability Ellesmere Port has.”

Both projects were made possible by local Councillors from Ellesmere Port, who made contributions from their budgets to support the Ellesmere Port Arts Festival 2014 fringe programme of events.

The Arts Festival is part of an increasing cultural program of events in the town as envisaged by the Ellesmere Port Development Board in their Vision and Strategic Regeneration Framework.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Peace and Joy community artwork: Left to right:

Michelle Pickstock (Port Arcades); Jochem Hollestelle (CWAC); Les Lyon (Port Arcades); Chloe Hyamson (pupil Westminster Community Primary School); Sonja Moss-Dolega (Paperboat Gallery); Councillor Justin Madders; Sue Smith (Paperboat Gallery); Emily Griffin (CWAC Modern Apprentice); Reverend Christine Jones (Trinity); Christine Holmes (Paperboat Gallery); Callum Carrol (pupil Westminster Community Primary School); Councillor Bob Crompton (Mayor of Ellesmere Port).