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Exhibitions and displays to mark First World War

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 26, 2014

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DETAILS have been revealed of a South Derbyshire village’s efforts to commemorate the anniversary of the First World War.

Two exhibitions are set to form the centrepiece of Repton’s efforts to remember the people who lost the lives during the conflict.

A series of speakers and concerts are also being planned in a bid to properly recognise the impact the war had on the area.

A spokesman for Repton and District Branch of the Royal British Legion told the Mail: “To commemorate 100 years since the beginning of the First World War, two exhibitions are planned in Repton during this year.

“One, with the date yet to be arranged, is being organised by our branch and will taker place at the Royal British Legion Club in the village.

“We are asking people from Repton and outlaying areas to contact us if they have any First World War memorabilia that organisers could either borrow, copy or photograph for the display.

“We would be very grateful for items, however small, such as newspaper cuttings, photographs, medals and artefacts.

“Anyone with information should call Fiona Wilks by calling 01283 702540 or 07704 585653.

“Repton School will be holding an exhibition from Monday, November 3 to Friday, November 7 in Pears School.

“It will be open to the village in the evenings, and they are planning speakers, concerts and other events during that time, to which the village will again be welcome.”

The announcement of Repton’s plans to commemorate the First World War come as the Natonial Memorial Arboretum confirm more plans for its site in Alrewas.

A spokesman for the centre said: “There will be various themed events that will provide a rich learning and discovery opportunity for all, including costume-based First World War interpretation. There is also an evening of war poetry recital on Friday, July 11.

“For history enthusiasts, a unique on-site trail is being created to provide a deeper understanding of the trees and memorials connected to the First World War.”

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