Living history event in Grantham park will commemorate soldiers of First World War

Members of the Great War Society.
Members of the Great War Society.
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A living history event will take place in Wyndham Park in Grantham to commemorate those who served and gave their lives in the First World War.

Infantry tents, military and historical equipment and demonstrations of weapon firing and kit will feature in exhibits provided by The Great War Society at the event on Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21.

Co-ordinated by Wyndham Park Forum and SKDC, the public will be able to see an officer’s ridge tent, infantry bell tents, a field kitchen and hospital tent set up in the park grounds as it would have appeared behind the lines on the Western Front or at a domestic British base.

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

A craft fair, display from Grantham Light Armoured Division Radio Control Tank Club, a tea tent serving afternoon teas and a Wyndham Park Forum history display also are set to feature alongside the Grantham Remembers Group which will host children’s trails, quizzes and activities.

SKDC’s Executive Member for Culture Coun Linda Wootten said: “The activities will be aimed at commemorating and perpetuating the memory of the various sacrifices of the men and women who served in the Great War.

“We can think of no better place to host the event than in a park named in honour of Captain Wyndham who died in service during this conflict.”

Wyndham Park Forum chairman John Knowles said: “This should be a fantastic event that will sensitively give an insight into those who served their nation and commemorate what they gave in support of their country a century ago.”

A full programme of events will be publicised soon.