WW1 Living History Day took Leighton Buzzard back in time
Leighton Buzzard high street turned back time as Living History Day marked the centenary of the end of the First World War with suffragettes, soldiers and a special bi-plane.
Residents got into the wartime spirit on Saturday as they had the chance to experience army life, watch a traditional Punch and Judy show, and enjoy live music and workshops.
The annual themed event was organised by Leighton-Linslade Town Council, which enlisted Historic Promotions events company to help the town time travel back into the past.
A town council spokesman said: “Situated alongside the charter market, the event showcased and demonstrated life during World War One, which was the way of life faced by millions between 1914 and 1918.
“Drill soldiers, infantry and medic displays gave an opportunity for long discussions between visitors and the demonstrators, and many women took the opportunity to pose with the suffragettes to commemorate their right to take an active and influential part in civic society.
“Meanwhile, Leighton Buzzard and District Archaeological and Historical Society made their recently published book available – ‘Sand, Planes and Submarines’ –highlighting the role these three local industries took in shortening the First World War.”
Leighton-Linslade families also had the chance to learn more about pewter casting, as well as an opportunity to experience wartime school games.
Living History Day was serenaded by a quartet of musicians from RAF Halton alongside the talented ‘voice in a million’ Fiona Harrison, who both drew a crowd and provided much delight for visitors.
The spokesman added: “The bi-plane remained a popular attraction whilst covered to protect it from the rain.
“Visitors were invited to duck under the covers to have a close look. As the last surviving plane of its kind, protection was a necessary concern in the poor weather.”
The event also saw the soft-launch of the town’s Armistice Day commemorations, with the high street adorned with commemorative flags and the Royal British Legion providing information about the services which will take place on Sunday, November 11.
Leighton-Linslade Town Council has recently purchased a pair of silhouette Tommy figures which will be installed within the town centre over the coming weeks as part of the centenary of the end of the war.
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