St Wulfram’s Church to host military exhibition for Freedom Flame commemoration in Grantham

Uniform and equipment as used by 1st Airborne Division troops for Operation Doomsday and other airborne assaults, including a folding bike.
Uniform and equipment as used by 1st Airborne Division troops for Operation Doomsday and other airborne assaults, including a folding bike.
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Rare military memorabilia from World War Two will be on show in St Wulfram’s Church next weekend.

The exhibition will be part of the Freedom Flame and Operation Doomsday aviation heritage commemoration on Saturday, May 30.

Items have been loaned to organisers South Kesteven District Council by Duxford-based Paradata, the organisation collating a living history of the Parachute Regiment and airborne forces.

They include a mannequin wearing the uniform and equipment of 1st Airborne Division, as worn by troops airlifted from RAF Barkston Heath for the 1945 Operation Doomsday liberation of Norway, a folding bike that accompanied paratroopers and other artefacts.

Talks start in St Wulfram’s Church at 10am, with Mike Fuller, Vice Chair of the UK Freedom Flame committee, explaining its history.

The story of the little-known Operation Doomsday will then be related by Group Captain Bill Taylor, an internationally recognised aviation heritage specialist.

A service of commemoration and blessing follows at 11.30am, with military standards, choir, tribute singer and trumpet soloist. All events are free to attend.

The Freedom Flame will then be extinguished and carried to St Peter’s Green, where it will be re-lit.

Six Army recruiting units for regulars and reserves will be exhibiting on the Green from 9am, including infantry, reconnaissance, catering, supply and military dogs – alongside Barkston Heath Research Group and the British Legion.

For more information visit www.heritageofflight.co.uk