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Great war event could provide key to unlock town’s history

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 10, 2014

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THE first steps to uncover some of the stories of Burton’s First World War will take place this week, in a special event running at a town school.

The Great War Fayre will see pupils from De Ferrers Academy and members of the public coming together to share pieces of memorabilia, documents and stories from the conflict through generations.

It is hoped that the event – the first of its kind – will not only provide an insight for pupils studying the First World War in their history lessons, but will eventually contribute to a county database of information marking the centenary of the 1914 war.

Stretton parish councillor Malcom Goode, who is behind the project, said: “The object is for students to try to discover if they had any relatives involved in the Great War.

“If we can get ordinary people to come along with any memorabilia, artefacts that are related to the First World War, we can feed it into the county archive.

“It’s there for people to come to.”

Four parish councils have joined together for the event, with councillors from Stretton, Horninglow and Eton, Outwoods and Tutbury getting involved. Each will host a stall with information about men from the parish who fought in the war.

There will also be stalls from other organisations, and a horse from the National Brewery Centre will be there.

Steve Allen, the principal at De Ferrers, has been keen to help, as the pioneering project will aid pupils in their studies.

The fair will run from 5pm until 9pm at the Dove Campus of the academy, which is on Harehedge Lane in Horninglow.

It is hoped that this is the first of many such fairs taking place throughout the centenary period. By the end of the project, the raft of information collected will be handed to the Staffordshire Great War Trail.

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