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Repton will remember its heroes with display

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 26, 2014

By Laura Hammond

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THE heroic history of Repton will be put on display for all to see in an event to commemorate the start of the First World War.

The Repton and District Royal British Legion will host a week-long display with posters, pictures and authentic and reproduction artefacts from the conflict as it marks its centenary a week on Monday.

Organisers are hoping it will not only educate people about the Great War and the events which led to it, but also provide a link to the past in the area where they live.

Fiona Wilks, who has collected much of the memorabilia, told the Mail: "We want to tell people what the war really was about, and how it came about, as a lot of people just aren't aware. People think of the war and they think of trenches, but there was more than that.

Medals collected by Mrs Wilks' great-uncle are among the items to go on show, along with items belonging to her grandmother, who was a Red Cross nurse.

A torch will also be on display, and a lot of pictures of other items.

The exhibition, which will take place at the Royal British Legion Club in the village, has been put together with the help of the Repton Village History Group, who have collected obituaries from the papers of the time for many of the young men who died in the war.

It will run from 10am until 8pm Monday to Friday, and 10am until 6pm Saturday and Sunday. There will be free tea, coffee and biscuits in the morning and tea, coffee and cake in the afternoon. Donations will go to the Poppy Appeal.

There will be a small service at the High Street club on the evening of August 4 – the day war broke out – to mark the official centenary of the announcement.

Tom Hyde, president of the Repton and District Royal British Legion, said: "We see the British Legion in Repton being a focal point for these remembrance situations. We told the church that we wanted to hold an event here and they were fine with it."

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