Tribute to Christmas truce soldiers


Published: Friday 12th December 2014 by The News Editor

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The Duke of Cambridge will honour the 1914 Christmas Truce during a visit to the West Midlands today.

William will attend a ceremony at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to dedicate a memorial to the moment soldiers on the Western front stopped fighting and played games of football during the First World War .

The Duke and England forward Theo Walcott chose t he design of the Football Remembers memorial following a competition in schools across the UK.

William, who has been president of the FA since 2006, will meet winning designer 10-year-old Spencer Turner from Farne Primary in Newcastle.

Spencer’s school is in the shadow of Newcastle United’s St James’ Park and he was told that his design had won by Newcastle players Steven Taylor and Adam Armstrong at a special school assembly in October.

England manager Roy Hodgson, FA chairman Greg Dyke and representatives from the Premier League, Football League and the British Council will also be at today’s ceremony.

Later in the day William will be in Birmingham to visit St Basils, an organisation which helps young homeless people.

Based at John Austin Court in Aston, St Basils offers emergency and semi-independent accommodation.

The Duke, who is patron of the Centrepoint homelessness charity, will meet staff and talk to residents about their experiences.

He will also formally open the Holford Drive Community Sports Hub in Perry Barr, Birmingham, and take a tour of the facilities.

Afterwards William will meet young people to hear about The Feast, a Christian charity based in Birmingham which promotes community cohesion between young people of different faiths and cultures.

Published: Friday 12th December 2014 by The News Editor

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