Clevedon children create peace doves to mark end of World War One

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 August 2018

Children have made almost 1,400 peace doves.

Children have made almost 1,400 peace doves.

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Clevedon children have created almost 1,400 paper doves to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One.

Members of Christchurch, in Chapel Hill, helped youngsters from groups including brownies, guides and the YMCA make the peace doves which were put on display in businesses around the town on Saturday.

They will stay up until November 10 – 100 days later – to mark the century since the end of the conflict.

The idea was put forward by Churches Together in Clevedon, an organisation which promotes and supports all 12 churches in the town, which says it is ‘delighted’ with the response from business owners.

Project co-ordinator Kim Anderson said: “We had a team of five from Churches Together who contacted five headteachers from primary schools in Clevedon to make the doves.

“Then we had a team of 15 who walked around 147 shops to ask them to display them for the 99-day period.

“We are delighted the majority of them have agreed and it is a fantastic way of displaying such an important message around Clevedon.”

Churches Together in Clevedon was also inspired to organise the project in memory of Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who was caught up in the devastation after an atomic bomb was dropped on the city in 1945.

She was later diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of 12 but was determined to make 1,000 origami peace cranes before she died.

The story was sent to businesses in a letter along with one of the doves.

The scheme is part of the Hope Together 99 Days Of Peace initiative which is urging churches to come together from August 4 to November 10.

The August 4 date was set because a century ago King George V asked for it to be a national day of prayer when he attended St Margaret’s Church in Westminster with wife Queen Mary.

World War One ended 100 days later.

Events are being staged across the country to mark the conflict’s end.

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