World War One themed window display at Harependen store

Thorns Owner Colin Moxley with just a small selection of WW1 memorabilia which will be on display in

Thorns Owner Colin Moxley with just a small selection of WW1 memorabilia which will be on display in the shop window - Credit: Archant

A century after the start of World War One, Harpenden’s oldest shop will be commemorating the fallen in a special window display.

Thorns is the oldest shop in Harpenden, set up by WWI veteran Mr Thorn in 1918, and now owned by Colin Moxley.

2014 marks 100 years since WWI started, and Colin has spent the last six months gathering war artefacts to create a window tribute.

He said: “I am deeply passionate about the fallen heroes of WWI and that’s what I want to display.”

Colin has travelled across England in search of items from the war to put on display in his shop window.


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He added: “I am not a military man by any means but I am trying to enlighten people and make sure they don’t forget.”

The display is set to include the likes of original shell cases made into vases, a German helmet, pictures, medals and coins.

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Alongside the window display, customers have the chance to win £100 by taking part in a quiz on WWI.

A minimum £1 donation is required to participate in the quiz, with all proceeds going to Help for Heroes.

The window display will be unveiled next Thursday and remain for the entire month.

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