Weekend of activities to mark conflict

A range of events have been organised by village residents to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

The commemorative weekend in Pegswood begins on Friday, August 1, with an evening of poetry, drama and music involving Pegswood Creative Writers, Pegswood Performing Arts and the children’s drama group.

On Saturday, August 2, there will be an exhibition day where those coming along can see what it was like living in Northumberland in 1914. Various groups and organisations will be taking part. This will include demonstrations of proggy matting, food and dig for victory as well as a history display and information.

A dedication at the St Andrew’s Church war memorial, followed by tea in the grounds of Bothal Castle, will be held on Sunday, August 3.

Peter Stonell, Chairman of Trustees at Pegswood Community Hub, said: “Community groups have come together spontaneously to put together a programme that will hopefully be of interest to residents.”

The suggestion to stage these activities came from the Pegswood with Bothal WI – member Elsie Lewis said it was important to do something to recognise the men from the village who were soldiers in the conflict.

She added: “We’re also trying to find out more about the Pegswood small miners who were sent out to France to build tunnels under the German lines as part of the plan of attack as they are named in a memorial at St Andrew’s Church, which was recently refurbished.”

Those with First World War uniforms, clothing, artefacts, photographs or a family story to tell are asked to contact the hub on 01670 512185.