Many intriguing items at special war exhibition

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A range of fascinating Ponteland-related artefacts and information with a connection to various major conflicts since 1914 will be on display this weekend.

The town council has organised an exhibition of war remembrance to mark 100 years since the start of World War I.

Residents with their own memorabilia and accounts of their experiences and/or items given to them by family members or friends were asked to get in touch with the authority.

Boards will be put up in the lounge of the Memorial Hall. In addition to the personal items, such as medals, there will be war posters and bunting, wartime songs will be played and members of the Ponteland Repertory Society will be in costume as they are performing Oh What a Lovely War at the venue later this month.

Chairman of the town council’s war remembrance working party, Coun Peter Cowey, said: “Things started off a little slowly at first, but I’m pleased to say that they picked up and so the response from residents has been very good. Those who attend will see many interesting items, from army uniforms to an official report known as ‘mentioned in despatches’, and there’s plenty of fascinating information about individual soldiers. For example, the father of one of our contributing residents was in Mesopotamia at the same time as Lawrence of Arabia.”

The exhibition will take place between 10am and 4pm on Saturday and from noon to 4pm on Sunday.

An Act of Remembrance is being held at the War Memorial on Sunday from 10.55am following the parade through Ponteland. At 11am, a two minutes’ silence will be observed.