Launch of World War One exhibition in Grantham was a great success

Grantham Remembers exhibition in the George Centre, Grantham.
Grantham Remembers exhibition in the George Centre, Grantham.
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A World War One exhibition being held in the George Centre in Grantham has got off to a successful start.

The ‘Grantham Remembers’ launch day has received plenty of good feedback said Team Project Leader, Charmaine Morgan.

Mrs Morgan said: “Volunteers were thrilled at the amount of positive feedback from visitors especially given some were specialists in their field. The guest speaker events by Malcolm Baxter and Malcolm Knapp were well attended and the Empire Strikes Back and Elsham Singers did a fabulous job entertaining visitors and passers-by with some excellent World War One and World War Two music. One family who had travelled from Wales said they had a fantastic day and also enjoyed their visit to the Angel and Royal and St Wulframs Church.

“People across all age groups came along and many left messages on the Everyman Remembered Project board for a fallen soldier. We had 234 people in the morning and 116 people in the afternoon attend the event. We also received a number of requests to provide guided tours during the week, including for a local nursery which we are delighted to accommodate.”

Mrs Morgan added: “New contacts have been made for future Outreach Project work. As Project Team Leader I have to give thanks to all of the amazing volunteers who put their heart and soul into the event, including Rosemary from the Grantham Canal Society who made the WW1 nurses outfit and built the long boat cabin herself. She is also a member of the Grantham Dramatic Society who are performing Black Adder Goes Forth shortly. Local businesses rallied round to help us. Particular thanks to the George Centre staff, Pizza Express, Gravity FM, Notions Antiques, Rymans and Grantham College for help on the week. Our event could not be taking place without support from our Sponsors Robert Holland Undertakers, Grantham Estates and John Cussells Jewellers. The event was inspired and supported by Grantham Library archivists and other local historians. South Kesteven District Council made a kind loan of Edith Smith’s life-size cut-out and a secure case to display WW1 medals and other valuable items. It has been a truly community event and we can only hope and pray that the soldiers who fell in our name can see that 100 years on we do remember them.

“We look forward to greeting visitors throughout the week.”

This morning there is is a small service of remembrance at 10.50am for those people in The George Centre.

There will be a further chance to listen to more material from guest speakers Malcolm Baxter and Malcolm Knapp and to meet Living Historian/re-enactors on Saturday, November 15. The Empire Strikes Back will be returning for a lunch time sing-along at noon. There is a change to the advertised programme because Elsham Singers are unable to return due to other commitments at 2pm though some may be joining the noon sing-along.

At 7.30pm on Saturday, November 15, there will be the Grantham Remembers WW1 Commemorative Concert with the St John’s Choir and Belvoir Wassailers at St John’s Church. Tickets have all gone but there is additional seating provided so people can reserve a space through Mrs Morgan or go along on the night. Everyone is welcome to join this special night of music hall, trench songs and reflection. Representatives from all local armed services will be taking part - Navy, Army and Air Force along with Councillor Jeff Taylor. Sir Lyonel and Lady Tollemache will also attend. Reverend David Shenton will be compere. The evening has the support of musical director Elaine Bishop with St John’s Director of Music Geoff Winter playing the organ and Jenny Walker on piano.