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British Legion chief visits WW1 exhibition in Leek

'Coming Home' - a poignant exhibition remembering the Moorlands soldiers who fought in the First World War - has welcomed prestigious visitors from the British Legion.

The exhibition, at the Nicholson Museum and Art Gallery in Leek, runs until Saturday 10 November and commemorates the centenary of the end of what came to be known as the Great War.

Visitors from the British Legion, including Chairman Alan Bates, Poppy Appeal Organiser Carley Mellor, Standard Bearers and members, joined Leek Mayor Councillor Roy Tomkinson to view the evocative exhibition and learn more about the impact of the war on communities across the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Councillor Sybil Ralphs, Leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and cabinet member for arts and culture, said: "We were delighted to welcome the British Legion to the exhibition.

"The British Legion is the focus of the nation's grateful thanks to those who serve our country so their visit couldn't have been more timely as we approach the commemorations for the centenary of the end of the Great War and remember the sacrifices made just a few short decades ago.

"'Coming Home' is a moving tribute to the soldiers from the Moorlands who left their rural communities to go and fight and helps to keep their stories and their legacy of freedom very much alive 100 years on."

Ms Mellor added: "We were honoured to be invited to this poignant tribute to those who went to war from the Staffordshire Moorlands and urge people of all ages to visit this exhibition."

The exhibition is open from 10am to 4pm Mondays to Saturdays and admission is free.

And local historian Cathryn Walton will be bringing the soldiers stories to life when she gives a free illustrated talk at the venue at 1.00 pm on Saturday 3 November. Join her then if you can!