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Exciting plans to mark historic events


Ideas are being put forward to help commemorate two major events from history as part of their 100th anniversary.


Harborough District Council has written to parish councils across Harborough District to invite them to be part of plans to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One, as well as the anniversary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act which, for the first time, gave women the right to vote.


Initial suggestions being explored as part of the commemorations include naming streets after those who fought in the 1914-1918 war, and/or women who fought for the right to vote, plus installing decorative metal benches which commemorate the end of World War One.



The Council is looking for initiatives that will provide both longevity and also impact during this anniversary year.


World War One lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. More than 70 million military personnel, including people from the Harborough District, were mobilised in one of the largest wars in history. Over nine million combatants and seven million civilians died as a result of the war.


The Representation of the People Act 1918 was passed on 6 February 1918 to reform the electoral system, to include practically all men and begin the inclusion of women, extending the right to vote for 5.6 million men and 8.4 million women.


If anyone would like to be a part of plans to mark these historic events email




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