In the first of its plans to celebrate this year’s landmark anniversary, Broadland District Council has announced a week-long event to be held in November to mark the World War One centenary.
Broadland Remembers will feature an exhibition and other activities to highlight the efforts made by the people of Broadland during the First World War and how the conflict affected local people.
The event will be held at Whitwell and Reepham railway station over the Armistice weekend and the week following, from Friday 9th – 16th November.
The exhibition will be open to the public everyday and other planned activities throughout the week include talks from local historian, Neil Storey, a reading of ‘Sister Poppy At The Front’ by Brenda Gosling and a wartime poetry workshop with Norfolk poet, Sue Burge.
Additionally, as part of ‘Battle’s Over’ – the national tribute put together by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR – at 7pm on Sunday 11th, a Beacon of Light will be lit in tribute to signify the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war.
Broadland Remembers will also support Lord Dannatt’s ‘There But Not There’ campaign and will see a Tommy silhouette statue hosted at the venue as well as others at different locations across Broadland.
Cllr Shaun Vincent, Leader of Broadland District Council, said: “We are proud to announce our plans to support the armistice commemorations this year. With Broadland Remembers we hope to create a fitting tribute to all of those affected by World War One in Broadland and beyond.
“We are also glad to add our support to Lord Dannatt’s ‘There But Not There’ campaign and believe the presence of the Tommy silhouettes will add poignancy to our celebrations.”
For more information and please contact 01603 430496.