A committee was formed in January 1918 at the invitation of Provost David Smith with the aim of raising money to provide entertainment and relief funds for returning servicemen and their families and latterly to fund a monument to the fallen. The committee drew on the experience of the local Work Party, the Town Council, churches and other organisations and was soon raising funds through collections, donations, whist drives, dances, concerts, football games, sports days and other such events. By 1919 total funds raised were £1,075 which came from people living out of town, collections in town and parish, proceeds from dances, sports and entertainment and the Women’s Work Fund.
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