DORSET residents are being asked to record themselves reciting their favourite First World War poem.

The public are being asked to record and upload readings in tribute to those who served for World Poetry Day, also coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War.

It will create an online memorial of First World War poems from Vera Brittain to Wilfred Owen.

Culture secretary Maria Miller has recorded Mametz Wood by contemporary Welsh poet Owen Sheers and is joined in the online tributes by Baroness Shirley Williams, historian Mary Beard, actor Christopher Timothy and Poems on the Underground founder Judith Chernaik.

Shirley Williams will be reading her mother, Vera Brittain’s poem, The Troop Train.

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