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Lottery money helps Brecon remember First World War

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War soldiers remembered

The Heritage Lottery Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a grant to help Brecon remember the First World War. The grant has been given to the 'Brecon Remembers' project and will enable people to research the stories and backgrounds of the names on local First World War memorials.

The announcement of the grant award marks a year to the day that the First World War Centenary commemorations begin on 4 August 2014.

'Thankful Village' receives commemorative WWI plaque

by Dean Thomas

A Welsh village that didn't lose a single soldier in World War One has held a ceremony recognising their contribution to the war effort.

Colwinston in the Vale of Glamorgan is one of three villages in Wales and 51 across the UK whose soldiers all returned home.

They are taking part in the 'Thankful Villages Run' - a nine-day charity ride around the communities.

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Villages presented with WWI plaques

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'Thankful villages' saw all their soldiers return home Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Three villages in Wales are among 51 hamlets in the UK taking part in a charity event to recognise the contribution made by returning First World War soldiers.

The 'Thankful Villages Run' is a nine-day charity ride, which started in Llanfihangel y Creuddyn - near Aberystwyth - this morning and will run for eight days.

The journey will stop off at 51 communities and present them with a slate plaque to commemorate those who were fortunate enough to return home at the end of WWI in 1918.

Llanfihangel y Creuddyn in Ceredigion, Herbrandston in Pembrokeshire and Colwinston in Glamorgan will all get plaques.

The ride will raise funds for The British Legion.

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