Friday, 1 August 2014

WW1 Commemorative Exhibition at Blackpool Central Library, Blackpool, Lancashire - August 2014

This morning, in torrential rain, we went to take some panels in for the setting up the exhibition of Female Poets, Inspirational Women and Fascinating Facts that is to be held in Blackpool Central Library from 4th August 2013.   Clancy and her team are doing a fantastic job setting up the panels (see photo).

On Monday, 4th August 2014 under the title "Pack up Your Troubles" Blackpool Central Library are holding a launch event from 1 pm, featuring a talk, refreshments and poetry readings.  £1 per person - payable on arrival.

The lyrics to the famous World War 1 marching song "Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile, smile", were written by Welsh songwriter George Henry Powell (1880 - 1951). George used the pen-name George Asaf for this song and his words were set to music written by his brother, Felix Powell (1878 - 1942).  Felix and George Powell were from St. Asaph, Denbighshire in North Wales.  

The brothers entered their song into a competition held during the First World War to find the best 'morale-building' song for WW1. Their song won first prize with the commendation "perhaps the most optimistic song ever written.   Felix was a Staff Sergeant during WW1 and George was a conscientious objector.

Blackpool Central Library,
Queen St, Blackpool, 
Lancashire FY1 1PX, UK

Tel.:  01253 478080

Opening Hours:

Monday - Thursday - 9.30 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday - 9.30 a.m. - 5. 00 p.m.
Sunday - closed