Fen students to sell poppies outside Wisbech cinema when never before seen World War One footage is screened
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Students are selling poppies to raise money for the Royal British Legion to show young people care about the sacrifices soldiers made in the First World War.
The team of 14 students, who recently completed a National Citizenship programme (NCS), will be outside the Luxe cinema in Wisbech when the film, They Shall Not Grow Old is shown in the run tup to the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1.
The film shows digitally remastered vintage war footage which has been coloured and slowed down to bring the human aspect of war into sharp focus.
Nathan Smith, manager of the Luxe cinema, said: “To have century-old footage brought to life will inspire and inform many generations to come and to see such commitment and dedication from young people for what is often assumed to be the realm of the older person is fantastic.
“It was a genuine delight to be able to work with the team on this incredibly worthy project ahead of what is clearly one of the most important films of recent memory.
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“The Luxe has always been a hub for the community and to be able to work with NCS to raise money for the Poppy appeal is both humbling and brilliant.
“We look forward to welcoming many to our screenings, and hope that patrons and passers by will dig deep for this very worthy cause.”
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The young people are all students at the three campuses of The College Of West Anglia, who decided to sell poppies after taking part in the National Citizenship program in half term.
The program consists of three phases, adventure, discovery and social action.
They spent a weekend at Manor Adventure, taking part in a range of activities, focusing on teamwork, communication, and building leadership skills.
They then came back to the college campuses in either King’s Lynn or Wisbech to create their social action project.
Joe Sharman, team leader, said: “I feel immense pride for my team, for the insight they have shown in their commemoration of the soldiers from Wisbech of World War I.
“It is a delight to be working closely with local business, especially The Luxe cinema, selling poppies to help spread the message of the work we are doing, and to serve what will be for many, the most incredible moment of cinema they’ve ever witnessed.”
“The team’s intention in creating these profiles of soldiers, is to show the town the stories of the men from the local area who fought and sacrificed for their country.
“As we will be donating the profiles to the Wisbech Museum, we hope that these commemorations can be preserved for future generations to come.”
Whilst they are fund raising for The Poppy Appeal, they will also be hosting bake sales across at college to raise money to print their tributes to the individual soldiers.
They hope to post these in shop windows across the marketplace and Horsefair Shopping Centre, and eventually donate them to The Wisbech Museum.