VIDEO: Tribute to Horncastle’s Great War heroes

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More than 1,000 visitors flocked to a Horncastle event held over the weekend to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

Organised by several groups in Horncastle, the event at The Stanhope Hall attracted more interest and greater attendance than was expected.

Upstages put on short plays on throughout the day EMN-140915-135555001

Upstages put on short plays on throughout the day EMN-140915-135555001

Enthusiasm was rife and some visitors were overwhelmed by the amount of information on show that helped them piece together Horncastle and its people at war.

Horncastle History and Heritage Society chairperson Mary Silverton said: “Visitors were surprised at the amount of research that had gone into everything and the way it had all come together.

“There were performances by the Horncastle Theatre Group who played out scenarios three times a day around the room with young people taking part in a conscription scene, a trench scene and a hospital scene.

“Visitors also enjoyed the World War One poetry readings in Lincolnshire dialect and people were enthralled with the amount of work done to commemorate the 115 war dead from Horncastle.”

For families who came from outside the town, there was information on offer to help them find their ancestors’ war past.

A Dakota flypast on Saturday kept all eyes looking skyward and visitors were thrilled to see two Lancasters fly past on Sunday.

The event ended with a drumhead service by the Royal British Legion, and the closing address was given by the town’s County Councillor Bill Aron.

Mrs Silverton said that the community groups worked well together for a year, researching and planning, to ensure it was a huge success and on the day and the event exceeded all expectations with 550 visitors each day.