Horncastle turns back the clock to WW1

The old and the new - soldiers and nurses from the First World War with the current Stnahope Hall in the background

The old and the new - soldiers and nurses from the First World War with the current Stnahope Hall in the background

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It’s a long time since a World War One tank has rolled through the streets of Horncastle - but that’s what will be happening later this month.

The tank - and a host of other attractions and events - will enjoy star billing in a weekend of commemorations to mark the start of the First World War.

Fittingly, the majority of events are taking place at the historic Stanhope Hall, which was utilised as a drill hall and then a hospital for injured servicemen during the conflict.

The tank will form part of a special display over two days on Saturday and Sunday (September 13 and 14).

There will be a host of other attractions including films, poetry and re-enactments.

There will also be displays of vehicles, aircraft, uniforms, photographs, posters and family stories.

The display is the work of several Horncastle based organisations including the Civic Society, the U3A, the Sir Joseph Banks Society, the Lions, the Theatre Group, the Royal British Legion and the British Red Cross.

On Saturday afternoon, there will be a flypast by a Dakota from the BBMF and on Sunday, there will be a Drumhead service of remembrance by the RBL.

The weekend has been sponsored by the Horncastle War Memorial Committee, Horncastle Freemasons and The Heritage Lottery Fund,.

A feature promises to be a ‘timeline’ of events and battles during the war, including photographs, which will run around the wall of the hall.

Thanks to painstaking research, there will be dossiers on all the war dead from the town, including photographs and medals.

There will be a section on the role of local nurses in the conflict and displays of trench maps and poison gas - as well as a Vickers machine gun.

Copies of newspapers from the war years will also be on show.

Other highlights include a section on Belgian refugees.