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Leighton-Linslade gets ready to mark WW1 centenary

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Leighton-Linslade is getting behind two major events in the town to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.

An armed forces day is planned in Parsons Close on June 21 to be followed, on October 4, with another of the hugely popular Living History Days.

The town council will be marshalling its troops for the October event and is keen for help and support from residents.

Events manager, Gill Miller, said that she was hoping to recreate memories of The Great War with the help of a re-enactment group. There may also be government cash to fund a range of young people’s projects.

She said: “The town council is keen to hold a commemorative event in October in recognition of the start of the First World War and as part of its Living History event programme.

“The format would be based around a Living Museum with re-enactment groups, displays and exhibits providing a Visual Remembrance with the objective of interacting and educating people of all ages.

We would also like to work closely with local museums and in particular looking for local groups and societies to get involved and share their knowledge and research on how the Great War effected local life.

“No event is complete without an input from the local community and we are asking everyone with any historical items, writings, photos or memories to get in touch so that we can prepare an honest and visual story of life during this period in time.”

Contact Gill 01525 631916 or email gill.miller@leightonlinslade-tc.gov.uk

 

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