PLANS to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War in Ribble Valley could be approved today.

Under the proposals, which are due to be voted on by borough councillors tonight, a civic service would be held on Sunday, August 3, at St Mary’s Church, Clitheroe.

An oak tree would also be planted in every parish in the borough and poppy seeds would be given to schools and children in the Ribble Valley.

If councillors on the policy and finance committee give their approval, more detailed plans will be drawn up by council officers.

The council has said that it expects the cost of the events to total £5,000 and grant aid is being sought from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Bob Scott, chairman of the Clitheroe branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “I think it’s a splendid idea and it’s absolutely right that the council are marking the anniversary in this way.

“It’s a wonderful idea because it’s so important to everyone in the country.

“The planting of the oak trees would be great because they are such a symbol of longevity and they are something that will last for a very long time.”

Ribble Valley Borough councillor Ged Mirfin said: “It’s really important to commemorate this extremely important period in the history of Great Britain.

“It’s important that the council do this to help the younger generations to learn more about what happened.

“It had a huge impact on the Ribble Valley and the lives of the people who were here at the time and it’s vital to remember that and mark the occasion accordingly.”