On the trail of Woodhall Spa’s wartime role

Graham Keegan (left) with other officials from the Wartime Trail project
Graham Keegan (left) with other officials from the Wartime Trail project

Woodhall Spa has a major new attraction which helps highlight the vital contribution the village made to the Second World War.

The Wartime Woodhall Trail was officially opened last Saturday and will feature information panels at specific historical locations.

The opening followed months of hard work by organisers who attracted support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Graham Keegan, one of the leading figures behind the project said: “Woodhall played a significant role in World War Two.

“Many important operations were initiated from our small village in the middle of rural Lincolnshire that had an impact on the course of the war...the attack on the Tirpitz and the airborne assault on Arnhem to name just two.

“Woodhall would have been a sea of blue and khaki uniforms during the war with estimated airmen and troop numbers around 5,000.

“The trail attempts to capture both these events and convey the atmosphere of Woodhall during these days.”

The trail takes in eight different locations, including the Petwood Hotel which served as the Officer’s Mess for the famous 617 Dambusters Squadron.

Mr Keegan said he hoped the information boards would encourage people to reveal more details about Woodhall’s rich wartime history,

He revealed plans to link information with the Cottage Museum.

The trail is the second part of the Wartime Woodhall Project.

The first part was Woodhall’s Fallen exhibition which concentrated on the 22 names on the village memorial from WWI.

The exhibition received praise and is being displayed this weekend at the 40’s Festival in St Peter’s Church Hall.