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First World War exhibition attracted about 1,000 people

Michael Hallett, project co-ordinator.

Michael Hallett, project co-ordinator.

About 1,000 people visited Boston’s Drill Hall at the weekend to discover the history of the First World War.

The exhibition featured displays of weapons, a reconstruction of a trench and talks from experts, as well as the personal items left behind by Bostonians who fought on the front line.

Items on show included a jumper made in the trenches by Andrew Dickinson, of Leverton. He used needles made from barbed wire and wool from underpants sent by the Red Cross.

Project co-ordinator Michael Hallett said: “While it was good to see the big things like the weaponry it was those little things that really gave it a lot more of a personal connection.”

He added: “One member of the public came in and his relative was one of those repatriated at the port in Boston. He gave us the boarding pass. That was a highlight, it was like gold dust.”

The event was put together by the Boston Great War Commemoration Society and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund making use of the venue where many men trained and assembled before going off to fight in the war.

Mr Hallet said plans are in place for another event next year - with numbers far outstripping the 200 people he had hoped to attract.

He said: “For this year we are looking at going into schools and groups and really get out there and take it on tour.”

He added: “The aim wasn’t to be an uptight museum exhibition, it was to be far more interactive and enjoyable. Judging by the comments not one bad word was said - that was just fantastic.”

 

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