World War I Roadshow

NAWN 1405181AM1 WW1 Road Show. Ken Waller takes a closer look at Mike Bowers's Great Uncle Albert's bayonet.(1405181AM1)

NAWN 1405181AM1 WW1 Road Show. Ken Waller takes a closer look at Mike Bowers's Great Uncle Albert's bayonet.(1405181AM1)

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World War One memorabilia came under the spotlight at Boston Spa last weekend.

A call up was issued for people to bring in items from that period to put on show in a major event in the village on Sunday August 3 to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War.

NAWN 1405181AM3 WW1 Road Show. Organizers of the event Ken and Brenda Waller with a trench digging tool. (1405181AM3)

NAWN 1405181AM3 WW1 Road Show. Organizers of the event Ken and Brenda Waller with a trench digging tool. (1405181AM3)

Spokesman for the group Steve Morritt said the Great War Roadshow was a great success and added: “Over 100 items being brought along by members of the public.

“The items ranged from bayonets and artillery shells to poignant letters, silks and postcards sent home from the trenches.

“There was Trench Art in the form of tankards made from artillery shells and a Princess Mary box given to servicemen at Christmas 1914.

“A particularly striking exhibit was a cross made from the ruins of Ypres Cathedral brought along by St Marys Church.”

NAWN 1405181AM2 WW1 Road Show. Researcher Bethan Williams with Dave Durham and Chris Noble of The Western Front Association (1405181AM2)

NAWN 1405181AM2 WW1 Road Show. Researcher Bethan Williams with Dave Durham and Chris Noble of The Western Front Association (1405181AM2)

In addition to the exhibits details of the fallen from Boston Spa and Thorp Arch were displayed and members of the public were able to seek help from experts in finding information about relations who fought in the war.

The Great War exhibition day will be held on Sunday August 3 in the Village Hall.

 

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