Maritime festival will hark back to First World War heroism and air raid
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Battlefield heroism and a deadly coastal air raid will be highlighted when Great Yarmouth’s Maritime Festival explores the impact of the First World War on the town.
Guides in the festival’s Heritage Quarter will highlight some of the bravery shown by local soldiers in the Great War, which ended 100 years ago, including the VC won by Harry Cator for taking out a German machine gun nest single handed.
Visitors will also be signposted to the scene of one of Britain’s first ever air raids, when a Zeppelin claimed the lives of two civilians in January 1915.
The Maritime Festival, at the historic South Quay on September 8 and 9, is a celebration of the town’s links with the sea but also its rich history.
The Heritage Quarter marquee will also feature another landmark centenary – of the Suffragette movement.
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People can talk to the guides about the Suffragette movement and use a polling booth for a fun test to see if they would have been eligible to vote in 1918.
The Norfolk Records Office will be on hand to give advice on tracing family history, including ancestors’ wartime roles. It will also host craft sessions to make a wall of poppies.
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A wartime nurse from the Time and Tide Museum will show how injured soldiers were treated. There will also be Great War objects to handle, and a chance to make a Suffragette badge.
On the Sunday visitors can learn, from historical reenactor Nigel Amies, about life in the Western Front trenches through the eyes of a Norfolk Regiment soldier. They can handle objects, equipment and weapons, hear the soldier’s songs and poems and see cartoons depicting the war.
Wartime footage from the area will be shown by the Vintage Mobile Cinema bus.
Festival chairman Aileen Mobbs said: “The Maritime Festival is a feast of ships, music, crafts, family fun and all things seafaring, but we also like to celebrate Great Yarmouth’s history – and this year’s important centenaries give an added power and poignancy.”
The weekend is organised by the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area as part of its drive to bring extra visitors and spending power to the borough.
Find out more about the festival at www.great-yarmouth.co.uk/maritime-festival/