‘Millions of pounds to be pledged to mark centenary of First World War, David Cameron to announce

As reported in the Telegraph 11/10/12, by Christopher Hope:

“Millions of pounds of public money will be committed to helping Britain mark the centenary of the First World War, David Cameron will announce today.

Mr Cameron will say Government is throwing its weight behind the commemorations of the beginning of the Great War in 1914.

The announcement comes amid claims that Britain has been dragging its feet about the commemorations plans, compared with other countries, because of a row in Whitehall over which department will pick up the bill.

Britain’s marking of the anniversary of the beginning of the “war to end all wars” is likely to focus on a new £4.5million permanent exhibition at the Imperial War Museum in south London.

In keeping with the Government’s localism agenda, communities across the country will be encouraged to find their own ways of marking the centenary.

Hundreds of thousands of pounds is being made available through the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore First World War memorials.”