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WWI event will pay for war education for pupils at Eastry Primary School, Cooks Lea, Eastry

01 August 2014
by Beth Robson

Nostalgia, history and costume are among the attractions to look forward to at a special First World War themed event in Eastry.

A host of service organisations, dignitaries and historical groups will attend the day to mark 100 years since the start of the Great War today, Saturday, August 2.

Nicki Wickham is organising the WWI event

Nicki Wickham is organising the WWI event

Nicki Wickham, chairwoman of the school’s PTA, said: “Although we have dignitaries coming, I want it to be relaxed. People can just walk in.

“I’m hoping to raise enough cash for the children to go to Ypres Belgium or the Imperial War Museum!”

Among the entertainers are the Landmark Show Choir and Eastry Primary’s choir which will sing songs from the Great War.

Sandwich Army Cadets will be giving a display marking the centenary and people from the Bruderhoff community in Nonnington will take along their black and white horses.

Mrs Wickham - a Poppy Appeal ambassador for the Royal British Legion, and the wife of veteran Lee Wickham - added: “Horses played an important part in the war, that’s why I asked them come along.

“There will be a re-endactment group coming along who worked on War Horse.

Others to exhibit include authors with their war themed books, Deal and Dover Sea Cadets will bring their boat and they will hold a tombola before the marching band performs.

Visitors are urged to wear vintage dress. The best dressed will win an English Heritage family membership.

There will be a raffle with tickets for various family days out including meals.

Eastry Primary School's First World War event takes place today from noon until about 5pm. 





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