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Wreath to be laid in London in honour of war glass-makers

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A glass wreath made in Wordsley will be laid at the Cenotaph in London on Remembrance Sunday.

The fused glass wreath was created by volunteers from the White House Cone – museum of glass and staff at the Red House Glass Cone in Wordsley. It was in recognition of the efforts made by glass-makers in Stourbridge during the First and Second World War.

Two wreaths were created as part of the #Wreath Challenge earlier this year. This was a nationwide challenge for community groups across the country to commemorate men and women from across the Commonwealth who made a vital contribution to the First World War effort as workers.

The glass wreath was selected to be displayed at the National Army Museum at the launch event in May 2018. Each wreath selected will represent a Head of Government of the Commonwealth member countries.

Now staff involved in the project have been invited to lay their wreath at Whitehall as part of Armistice 2018.

Kate Figgitt, lifelong learning manager for the museums service, and Julie Sheldon, who worked with the group and wired the wreath together, will travel down to London to lay the wreath as part of the People’s Procession on November 11.

It will see 10,000 members of the public, who have been selected by random ballot, in a procession past the Cenotaph to pay their respects and help express the nation’s thanks to the generation that served, and those that never returned.

Councillor Keiran Casey, cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise, said:

Stourbridge is world famous for its glass-making industry – but the role it played during the World Wars is lesser known.
Glass making was a restricted occupation and, as such, part of the Labour Corps. Glass made in Stourbridge was used in the production of medical items such as vials and medical bottles, as well as creating invaluable optics for use in telescopes and microscopes.
The residents of the borough are proud of Stourbridge’s glass-making heritage.
It’s a great honour to be asked to take part in the procession, and this wreath is our opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to the contribution of our forefathers in Stourbridge.”

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