TO conclude four years of commemorating the centenary of the First World War in Menston, a book entitled ‘Echoes of War: Menston Reflects on the Great War’ is to be launched by the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Mr. Ed Anderson on Friday, June 28, at St. John’s Parish Church, Menston.

Guests are to include the Lord Mayor of Bradford and also Miss Elizabeth Smith, Northern Representative of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

The evening will commence at 7.30pm with a short church service to mark the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Peace Treaty of Versailles followed by the official launch.

The book is a remarkable community tribute recalling the many different ways in which Menston has marked the centenary of the First World War.

It also recalls the men and women of Menston who served in WW1, life in Wharfedale during 1914-1918 together with poignant family stories and photographs. There is also a contribution from Menston’s children of today.

To coincide with the launch, a special exhibition of embroideries by the late Pamela Parvitt on the theme of Peace and Reconciliation will be on show in the church during the evening and throughout the week-end of Saturday, June 29 from 10.30am to 4.30pm and on Sunday, June 30 from 12.30pm to 4.30pm.

If you would like to attend the launch, tickets are available from the Parish Office (Tel. 01943 872433) or Judith Knaggs (Tel. 10943 879290) priced at £5 to include a glass of wine.

The book will be on sale during the evening, and as from July 1, at various outlets throughout the village at a cost of £15.