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Organisers of events to commemorate the First World War in Earby later this year said they had been “overwhelmed” by the initial response.

A coffee morning was held at the weekend by Earby and District Local History Society to launch their plans for the anniversary later this year.

The highlights will be a book and exhibition on the effects of World War One on Earby and its people.

Society member Bob Abel said: “We had a very good turnout at the coffee morning, in fact we were quite overwhelmed by it. It was a chance to launch the commemoration and gauge interest, and there does seem to be a lot of interest.

“It gave people a flavour of what we want to do for the commemoration later in the year. Quite a lot of people brought along potential items for the exhibition. We are still appealing for memorabilia from that period. The exhibition is about the effect of the war on the people back home and about its legacy.”

The group is also planning to create a World War One archive. Contact Mr Abel on (01282) 843850.