Event brings Great War to life for visitors

WW1 Living History Day, Leighton Buzzard 04.10.14, MPLO
WW1 Living History Day, Leighton Buzzard 04.10.14, MPLO

Leighton-Linslade commemorated the start of the First World War with a Living History Day on Saturday.

The event provided a visual and interactive experience of what it was like during the Great War.

WW1 Living History Day, Leighton Buzzard   04.10.14

WW1 Living History Day, Leighton Buzzard 04.10.14

All Saints Church, Church Square and Parsons Close Recreation Ground hosted a variety of demonstrations and workshops from 11am till 4pm.

Two historians presented talks about the Bedfordshire Regiment and local history, and they spoke to visitors about any First World War queries they had.

A typical WW1 menu was available for visitors to taste and they made poppies to commemorate family members’ involvement in the war.

A spokesman for the Leighton-Linslade Town Council said: “The first rain of autumn failed to dampen the spirits of exhibitors and the Norfolk Regiment when Leighton-Linslade Town Council commemorated the start of WW1 on Saturday.

WW1 Living History Day, Leighton Buzzard   04.10.14

WW1 Living History Day, Leighton Buzzard 04.10.14

“The event attracted a steady flow of visitors who enjoyed the varied historical displays and exhibits that were on show in All Saints Church and Church Square.

“The regiment of WW1 soldiers based in Parsons Close Recreation Ground, with fully equipped tents, kit and equipment provided a very professional and realistic feel to life at that time.

“The town council was very touched by the number of local people who loaned historical items, many of great sentimental value, for a display in the church.

“Two horses and riders representing the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry mounted unit were a big attraction in the park and once the rain had eased the horses were able to parade around the town centre, providing a wonderful photo opportunity for shoppers.

“The council is very appreciative of the participation and support provided by exhibitors and members of the community on the day.

“Feedback from visitors suggested it was a very successful and special day for the town.”