Christmas Truce statue to be unveiled at Liverpool's Bombed Out Church

A Christmas Truce statue inspired by The Farm’s WWI song All Together Now is set to be unveiled in Liverpool. The giant fibreglass sculpture, designed by Stoke-on-Trent artist Andy Edwards and made by a team of volunteers at Liverpool’s Castle Arts Foundry, will be installed in the Bombed Out Church on Sunday and will be on show to the public from Monday.

On Friday, December 19, it will also be seen at the ECHO’s carol concert in Liverpool Anglican Cathedral where The Farm will play an acoustic version of the song which has been rereleased as a single, in aid of the Red Cross, to mark the centenary of the famous 1914 truce.

Edwards, who first got the idea after visiting Messines in Belgium four years ago, said: “What we’ve done has been a labour of love, there’s been no money available other than our own savings. We decided it was too important an occasion not to see it marked with something of this nature.

“It’s called All Together Now, its one-and-a-quarter life size and covers 3.6 metres of No Man’s Land.

“I’ve attempted to capture a particular moment, and trepidation, hope and humanity.

“We have goals, and the goal for this piece IS peace. That’s what it’s about. The truce didn’t hold, but this is intended as an image that can inspire peace.”

A programme of free events at the church next week – weather permitting – includes a daily 1pm poem, a screening of film Joyeux Noel, and two performances of All Quiet on the Western Front by Burjesta Theatre.

On Monday, the sculpture, which organisers hope will eventually be turned into a £200,000 bronze statue, will travel to Stoke City where it will be exhibited before Stoke’s game against Chelsea.

From there, it will be transported to Flanders where it will be unveiled at Messines – the site of the famous football game – on Christmas Eve, surrounded by football scarves and jam jars painted with images of peace, donated by ECHO Everyday Hero Russell Greenop in memory of his son James, who died last year.

Meanwhile, a One Million Handshakes For Peace project is calling on a million images of people shaking hands to be tweeted with the hashtag #1MH4P

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