Wem will hold a commemorative afternoon to remember one of the members of 'The Great Escape', the famous World War Two event.

It will take place on Sunday, March 24, to celebrate the life of Flight Lieutenant Cyril Swain and other airmen killed after the ‘Great Escape’ at St Peter & Paul’s Church.

The service will take place from 2.30pm and will include an introduction of prayers and a laying of a ‘Bouquet of Tulips’ in the Kohima vase at base of the Wem War Memorial by Councillor Connie Granger. mayor of Wem.

There will be a brief explanation of Flt Lt Swain and the Great Escape and it will finished with the Kohima Epitaph from Royal British Legion.

Meanwhile, at Wem Town Hall, on the same day, there will be a live broadcast of the The Great Escape with historian Dan Snow for a gala screening on the 75th anniversary.

It will start at 6pm with a question and answer session, before the showing of John Sturges dramatisation of the true story of a group of British, American and Canadian POWs who successfully escaped from Stalag Luft III in Upper Silesia in March 1944.

Tickets are £13 fro adults and £7 for under-19.