Wray Scarecrow Festival 2017

This event is held every year in the village of Wray in the Lune Valley. It is an extremely well organised and jolly occasion which attracts visitors from all over the region. Local people show a great deal of creativity and humour by erecting scarecrows, which represent the year’s chosen theme, outside their houses. I did not produce a scarecrow, but placed a small exhibition on the festival field during the final Sunday and Monday of the event. My aim was to share my artefacts and research with the public in order to stimulate interest in and conversations about the Great War and to publicise my military and genealogical research services.  Continue reading

Wenning Trench

During the weekend of 1st and 2nd October 2016, the autumnal sun shone warmly and brightly on Wennington Green in the Lune Valley not far from Kirkby Lonsdale. In order to show the world my collection of replica and authentic Great War artifacts and to advertise the services I can provide, I organised a living history event. My wife Anne, despite having hardly any interest in history whatsoever and certainly not being attracted by the Great War, offered to take charge of the catering. She found authentic recipes and baked trench cake, soda bread and anzac and hard tack biscuits (with a bit of added butter in order to make them slightly more edible). She also offered tea, coffee, bacon sandwiches, bully beef, brown sauce and baked potatoes. My sister Alison came up from Wirral with her homemade trench cake and Lesley and Bernard Simon paid a visit and donated another trench cake and extra anzac biscuits. I provided the plum and apple jam, made with apples from our own tree. Our neighbour, Bruce, donated firewood and looked after the stove and my daughter Eleri, granddaughter Evie, son-in-law Nick, son Samuel and his girlfriend Lauren also helped. Eleri and Evie are responsible for the excellent photographs.

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