A BRANCH of “Men in Sheds” has presented a 'Silent Soldier' to the Rainbow Centre in Penley to help them launch their production, 'Fall In' to commemorate the end of the Great War.

'Fall In' is an enactment combining life in school during October 1914 where the audience become the class and they are visited by Sergeant George Riley of The Royal Welsh Fusiliers, who is visiting the school at the start of his recruitment campaign for 'King and country'.

Pat Burns, one of the community agents from the centre, is hoping the gift will be well-received.

He said: "Everyone is invited to come along to our tribute. It will depict what school was like during that time,it will also feature music and activities and should be should be of interest to all ages.

"We are particularly grateful to Sgt.Riley, alias author and historian Tony Davies for helping us with our event. He will be in First World War uniform and will be informing the class/audience of the recruiting process and what was expected of young school leavers at that time.

"We will also be joined by members of the Overton on Dee Royal British Legion who will be parading their Standard and the Maelor School Penley are providing a live bugler for the occasion."

The Rainbow Centre will be displaying First World War replica propaganda posters and proudly displaying their own 'Silent Soldier' standing among a Poppy Field.

Admission is free and refreshments will be provided so please come along on Wednesday, October 31 at 2pm.

Pat added: "We made enquiries to purchase our own 'Silent Soldier' but being a charity ourselves we found them quite expensive but then we remembered our friends at 'Whitchurch Men in Sheds' so we contacted them and they were able to make us one. We are also thankful to T. Griffiths Builders Merchants of Ellesmere, who kindly donated the wood for the project."