GARSTANG HISTORY BOOK SALES BOOSTS POPPY APPEAL
Garstang's poppy appeal has been given a pre-Remembrancetide boost from the sale of a book commemorating the town's First World War heroes. Last year local historian Paul G Smith and journalist Anthony Coppin published "Garstang's Great War Heroes" a paperback about the life and times of men from Garstang, Bonds and Bowgreave who served in the global conflict, many of them giving their lives for their country. The proceeds from the sale of the book over the past 12 months, along with a donation from Garstang Historical Society, have now been presented to Garstang's poppy appeal organiser Dave Brewin. At a cheque presentation ceremony at Garstang Arts Centre Mr Smith handed over the cheque for £1,400 to Mr Brewin. Also attending the presentation were Garstang town mayor Coun Alan Cornthwaite, representing the town council, which was one of the early financial sponsors of the "Garstang's Great War Heroes" project, and Garstang Historical Society chairman, Peter Burrell. Copies of "Garstang's Great War Heroes" continue to be available for sale (price £8) at: Market Place News, Garstang, Garstang Tourism office, Garstang Arts Centre KwikKutz barbers. In line with the co-authors' original intentions, free copies have been given both last autumn and this autumn to all pupils at Garstang's three primary schools- Garstang Community Primary, SS Mary and Michael Catholic School, Bonds, and Garstang St Thomas's CE School. A spokesman for Garstang Historical Society, whose treasurer Mrs Maureen Spiers has managed the finances of the book project, said sales of the books and the offer of free copies to pupils and students from Garstang, Bonds and Bowgreave, would continue until autumn 2018 or until the supply of the print run of books runs out - whichever is the sooner. * More information about the book can be obtained from Anthony Coppin on 01995 605824. Parents / guardians of Garstang Academy pupils new to the area who have not yet received a complimentary copy of the book for their children, should contact the same number , as should parents / guardians of Garstang, Bonds or Bowgreave pupils attending schools/colleges/VIth forms outside the Garstang area. Similarly college or university students from Garstang, Bonds or Bowgreave who would like a free copy should ring the same number. *** Photo caption: Poppy appeal boost: from left, Anthony Coppin (co-author / vice chairman, Garstang Historical Society), Peter Burrell (chairman, Garstang Historical Society), Paul G Smith (local historian and co-author), Dave Brewin (poppy appeal organiser), and Garstang mayor, Coun Alan Cornthwaite). Photo credit: Christine Smith.