Crowds turn out for Great War exhibition

GREAT EFFORT: Organiser Wendy Jeffries with poppies made by children from Westmere Primary School.
GREAT EFFORT: Organiser Wendy Jeffries with poppies made by children from Westmere Primary School.
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More than 200 people attended a weekend exhibition to mark the beginning of the First World War.

Long Sutton & District Civic Society organised The Residents’ Histories of World War One Commemorative Exhibition – a display of documents and photographs from a time where many kept quiet about what they had experienced.

The exhibition featured photocopies and photos of documents, letters, photographs and items including medals and heirlooms, as well as memorabilia such as medical equipment used at the time.

The exhibition ended with a special remembrance service at St Matthew’s Church in Sutton Bridge, led by Rev David Oxtoby.

Organiser Wendy Jeffries said: “We had an absolutely fantastic response to the exhibition with many people commenting on how impressed they were with how much research we had done and how much information and memorabilia was on show.

“We started working on this in January and it was a lot of hard work but worth it when you get to the big day. It was fantastic to see what people came along with to show us!”

“The church was a fitting venue in which to hold the service, as the war memorial is outside - Rev Oxtoby delivered an excellent service and it was a lovely weekend where people were able to reminisce.”

The next exhibition will be held in Long Sutton at the Royal British Legion Hall on September 13-14.