Final preparations underway for Horncastle’s WWI commemoration

Stanhope Hall during the First World War
Stanhope Hall during the First World War

Final preparations are underway for what promises to be one of Horncastle’s major events of the year.

Various exhibitions and displays will form part of a special weekend at Stanhope Hall to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Several organisations have come together to organise the two day event, which will include a host of attractions on both Saturday and Sunday.

A highlight promises to be a fly-past by a Dakota aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial flight on Saturday afternoon.

Town and county councillor Bill Aron, who is chairman of the Stanhope Hall Trustees, said he was hoping the event will be well supported.

Coun Aron said: “Many organisations have worked very hard on this project and it would be terrific to see the hall full on both days.”

Other features include displays of uniforms from the First World War, replica guns, and even a full sized model tank.

There will be recreations of a trench scene and a hospital scene set up and acted by Horncastle’s Theatre Company .

Stanhope Hall was a drill hall and hospital during WWI - as pictured above.