Competition offers chance to join in Battle of Arnhem’s 70th anniversary

Soldiers in action during the Battle of Arnhem
Soldiers in action during the Battle of Arnhem

Woodhall Spa will this year play a central role in events to mark the 70th anniversary of one of the most important battles of the Second World War - Arnhem.

On September 6, thousands of people are expected to 
descend on Woodhall to attend a packed programme of events.

The Horncastle News has teamed up with 
organisers to promote a special competition.

Readers are invited to come up with a name for the commemorations - and also design a logo which will be used to promote the event.

The lucky winner will receive VIP tickets for the day, allowing them exclusive access to events and a chance to meet veterans who will be travelling from all over the world.

Woodhall has, of course, a long and proud association with the armed forces.

Throughout the war, it was a training base for army personnel from many different regiments.

One of the more significant army units were elements of the 1st Airborne Division.

The regiments were, brought together to prepare for Operation Market Garden - the code name for Arnhem.

Men were billeted in local houses and in three camps situated in woodland on the outskirts of the village.

Several buildings were requisitioned as the Regimental Headquarters.

The brigade was actively engaged in airborne exercises in preparation for the British phase the operation - the seizure of the Rhine Bridge at Arnhem.

The operation lasted over 10 days from September 17-26. In total, 2,320 men left the camps to go to Arnhem. Only 435 returned. The rest were killed or listed as missing in action. Some older residents can still recall the few survivors returning.

In 2010, Cottage Museum volunteers raised funds for a memorial. Since then, annual events for veterans and residents have been held.

*Competition entries should be sent to: The Cottage Museum, The Bungalow, Iddesleigh Road, Woodhall Spa. LN106SH or can be emailed to