Grantham park to play host to World War One Living History event

World War One Living History event at Wyndham Park.

World War One Living History event at Wyndham Park.

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A World War One Living History event will take place over two days in Wyndham Park in August.

The event on August 20 and 21 will see demonstrations of weapon firing and kit. It will also feature exhibits provided by The Great War Society between 11am and 4pm on both days on the park’s playing field.

Co-ordinated by Wyndham Park Forum and SKDC, the event will also see infantry tents and military and historical equipment on show. This includes an officer’s ridge tent, field kitchen and hospital tent set up as it would have appeared on the Western Front or at a British base.

The Machine Gun Corp Old Comrades’ Association will attend on both days and will answer questions on war memorabilia from those wishing to trace ancestors in the regiment.

A display from Grantham Light Armoured Division Radio Control Tank Club and a tea tent serving afternoon teas will also feature with a craft fair taking place on the Saturday of the event.

A Wyndham Park Forum history display, children’s trails, quizzes and activities hosted by the Grantham Remembers Group and stalls by Rivercare and Grantham Canal Trust will complete the activities. A raffle will also be held at 3pm on the first day of the event with tickets available to buy all day before it is drawn.

Wyndham Park Forum secretary Elizabeth Bowskill said: “The programme of attractions on show should provide a great day out for families, individuals and military enthusiasts alike to bring alive the commemoration of The Great War.”

Anyone wishing to feature as part of the craft fair or wants to volunteer to help over the weekend should contact Elizabeth via email at elizabeth_ab@btopenworld.com

SKDC’s Venues and Facilities Manager Paul Stokes said: “We’re very pleased to host this event given how strong the park’s links are with Captain Wyndham, after whom it is named, and the role he played in World War One.”

Look out for more updates on the event and a confirmed programme on Wyndham Park’s new website at www.wyndhamparkgrantham.co.uk