Long Sutton & District Civic Society hosts successful WW1 event

Long Sutton & District Civic Society members (back, from left) Tim Machin, Tony Button, Roy Ashton and Wendy Jeffries. Photo: SG130914-100TW
Long Sutton & District Civic Society members (back, from left) Tim Machin, Tony Button, Roy Ashton and Wendy Jeffries. Photo: SG130914-100TW

Long Sutton & District Civic Society had a gratifying response to its latest exhibition, Residents’ Histories of World War 1.

The commemorative exhibition was held at the Royal British Legion Club hall at Long Sutton as part of Heritage Open Days 2014.

Events organiser Wendy Jeffries said: “We had a most successful exhibition attended by around 250 people.

“During the day we launched our latest book, A Pictorial Journey through Long Sutton Past, which was also a great success.

“People who attended were full of praise for our efforts in the presentation of stories of the fallen and the survivors.

“Quite a few folk were tracing ancestors and many were surprised at seeing the stories of distant relations.

“I can only say it was a most successful event and well worth the nine months of planning.”

Wendy and the rest of the team appealed for stories and anecdotes as well as pictures and memorabilia, which was all photographed for the exhibition and displayed along with original research by civic society members.

Their exhibition was followed by a meeting on Monday attended by 80 people at which a former prisoner of war in Stalag Luft 3, featured in the film The Great Escape, spoke about his experiences.