Exhibition to tell of Belgian war link


Stephanie Price

A SPECIAL exhibition is taking place to commemorate the Great War and Rhyl’s relationship with Aarschot in Belgium.

The exhibition about Belgian refugees who came to Rhyl in 1914, features witness statements from the Bryce reports, commissioned by Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith to find out exactly what happened in the early days of the war, re-written to form a collection of stories.

As part of the commemoration event Antoni Vitti from the Tourist Office, and Michael Roberts from St David’s Residential Home, were welcomed to Aarschot by Officer for European Affairs, Mattias Paglialunga.

She said: "Just as we and the other six Martyr Cities plan numerous commemorative activities around the Great War in the coming months, so too does Rhyl.

“For example, a book will be published about the Belgian refugees in Rhyl, together with an online photo album around the city of Aarschot in the First World War, and there are various exhibitions.

“The tourist office has prepared the biography of Richard Conway Lowe, who was a pupil at St David’s Residential Home when it was a boy’s school.

“During World War One in Flanders, Richard saved the life of a man while he himself was wounded. He then returned to the front. For his bravery and service Richard received a military medal."

E-reader versions of the book  Stories from the Martyr Towns can download e-reader versions of the book “ from www.facebook.com/groups/rhyltic.

The exhibition will run from August 4 at Rhyl’s tourist information centre.

For more information visit www.refugeesinrhyl.wordpress.com.

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