17:55 Thursday 06 February 2014

Extensive plans revealed for Great War centenary

Written byMARK MCKAY

DANCERS from East Staffordshire have been asked to take part in a project about conscientious objectors who refused to fight in the First World War.

East Staffordshire Borough Council is looking for boys with a particular interest or talent in dance to get involved in the ‘White Feathers’ project.

During the war, women would hand out white feathers, which were seen as a symbol of cowardice, to men who had not joined up to fight.

The East Staffordshire Dance Collective will co-ordinate the project in the borough after being approached by the West Midlands Boys Dancing Project.

Anyone who wants to take part is asked to meet at the Brewhouse Arts Centre, off Union Street, Burton, between February 17 and February 19.

The piece would then performed at the Brewhouse in the first week of April.

The borough council’s deputy leader for service commissioning Bernard Peters (left) said: “It is impossible to imagine what the young men of that time must have gone through when faced with the very real possibility of not coming back from the war.”

Anyone who would like to take part should call 01283 508462.

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