Residents of Tibenham received a moving insight into the lives of the local men who died during the First World War in an exhibition last Wednesday, produced by the creator of a well-known children’s television programme.
Under the title of Tibenham Remembers, the exhibition – put together by Ian Allen, pictured, the man behind the ITV animated series Button Moon – took over All Saints’ Church to showcase a large collection of memorabilia relating to the Tibenham soldiers killed in the war and the people living in the village.
Displays featured extensive research by Owen Clark, Celia Bradley and John Dahl, while contributions from local people included a set of three Christmas cards sent from the trenches dating back to 1914. Mr Allen, who has spearheaded historical exhibitions in the past, said: “I was happy to help. It was highly acclaimed, even though the stories were very sad. It is alarming that so many people were lost in such a small village. My side of the family never lost anyone, so I have always felt very lucky.
“It’s awful to think what everyone had to go through.
“They sacrificed so much for us.”
Visitors could experience a wartime-style meal, and saw a huge arrangement of poppies in the churchyard provided by Celia Bradley and Joyce Woodward, and a re-creation of a dugout.
A church service was also held on the day by Keith Worsley – to commemorate unusual midweek services held during the war.