A MAJOR new exhibition has opened at Sale's Waterside Arts Centre to tell the stories of the Trafford people who served King and country in the First World War.
The launch of Our Heroes was attended by 90 guests and it was organised to coincide with the centenary of the outbreak of the notorious conflict.
Our Heroes features First World War memorabilia and runs until November 11 - the date the war ended.
Among the exhibits was the citation of former Bowdon resident, Captain Edward Kinder Bradbury who won his VC for gallantry at Nery and in whose honour, a commemorative stamp will be issued.
Frank Mundy from Old Trafford who fought at Gallipoli and died of his wounds on 4th June 2015 is also remembered. For eight years before the war he was the caretaker at Seymour Park School.
Ethel Mead, a nurse from Urmston served at the Australian Army Auxilliary Hospital in Dartford in 1918 only to be discharged a year later for joining up too young.
The launch was held at the Waterside Arts Centre and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Eamonn O’Neal was among the guests.
He was joined by the Deputy Mayor of Trafford, Councillor John Holden who opened the event.
The guest list also featured couoncillors, members of civic and history societies, the Royal British Legion and those who had contributed to the exhibition.
Sarah Curran, Trafford’s head of Customer Service, said: “We are grateful to people who brought in information about their relatives. Also to the volunteers who, as part of the Greater |Manchester Local Studies and Archives Partnership, worked on the First World War centenary, and uncovered stories for the exhibition.
* People can visit Our Heroes between 10am and 8pm Monday to Thursday and 10am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday. Anyone interested in finding out more about the event should call 0161 912 5616 or visit watersideartscentre.co.uk.