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Regional publisher launches online war memorial

An online tribute to two counties’ estimated 25,000 First World War fallen has been launched by a regional publisher.

The interactive website has been created by Archant East – whose portfolio includes the Eastern Daily Press, Norwich Evening News, East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star.

The site allows readers to add biographical details to the individual pages of those from Norfolk and Suffolk who died in the conflict, as well as photographs and tributes.

The project was originally devised by David Powles, assistant editor (editor digital) Archant Norfolk, and was set up by Christ Thompson, Archant head of development, and his team.

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Said David: “Once we’d published the names of the fallen in a special newspaper supplement it seemed nonsense to think that would be the end of it after all the hard work that went in to collating them.

“Hopefully, therefore, this is a great example of how print and digital platforms can work alongside each other.

“From an editorial point of view all we have to do is set up the mechanism and give it publicity, the public will then either get behind it or not.

“If enough people do get behind this, it could potentially give us the content for another print supplement.”

The project has initially been launched by the EDP and Evening News, with the Daily Times and Star set to follow in due course.

The projects’ homepage can be viewed here.

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