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War commemorated in three-day Eye exhibition

More than 280 people attended a World War One exhibition, organised by Hartismere School and Eye Town Council. ANL-140608-151718001

More than 280 people attended a World War One exhibition, organised by Hartismere School and Eye Town Council. ANL-140608-151718001

A steady stream of people visited a three-day exhibition commemorating the Great War held in Eye Town Hall.

Jointly organised by Hartismere School and Eye Town Council, the exhibition showed that a great deal of research had been carried out to gain information on those who served or contributed to the 1914-18 campaign.

More than 280 visitors turned up across the event, held from Saturday to Monday.

Visits to the Imperial War Museum revealed that there was a German prisoner of war camp in Eye - a fact little known by the town’s inhabitants.

A display of artefacts included medals, documents, letters and other family heirlooms contributed by relatives to pay tribute to those who served or sacrificed their lives.

Students from Hartismere School, dressed as soldiers or nurses throughout the weekend, must have sweltered in their authentic costumes.

On Saturday afternoon a talk was given by local farmer Peter West on Oakley Park where his family trained 75 horses for a Calvary charge in France. Sadly, not many returned.

A visual presentation on The Somme, then and now, was given on Sunday afternoon by Edward Hudson, while refreshments were served, with donations, totalling £88, going to the Royal British Legion.

Town councillor Maria Ford, who helped organise the event, told the Diss Express: “The organisers are delighted with the attendance to the exhibition which made all the hard work that went in to it worthwhile.”

 

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