Thank you to all visiting The Britannia Stadium to see the All Together Statue displayed there last night. Due to a horrific crash between junctions 17 and 16 of the M6 yesterday afternoon, the convoy transporting the monument from Liverpool was delayed by six hours and many people who had made the special effort to support the project, didn't get to see the statue.
The 3.6m long sculpture finally arrived just on kick off at 8.00pm but many fans from Stoke City and Chelsea still stayed to take photos and give generous praise. Our gracious hosts, the board of Stoke City were exceptionally kind and long term supporter of this commemoration of The Christmas Truce, Chairman Peter Coates personally brought former Chelsea and Real Madrid star Michael Essien to see the piece up close along with Stoke club captain Ryan Shawcross.
All Together Now crosses the channel this evening headed for Flanders, where it will be displayed on the actual site of the 1914 truce on Christmas Day in what is expected to be an emotional ceremony hosted by Burgemeester Sandy Evrard of Mesen. The site in the town square close to what was no man's land in 1914 has been gifted for a permanent version in bronze for which funding will be sought in 2015.
The touring version of the staue will return on the 27th December with more exhibitions being planned in the UK. The response has been overwhelming and all of the team involved would like to express the warmest appreciation and thanks to all.
Happy Christmas WAR IS OVER if you want it.
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