Barnstaple Town Council Commemorates WW1
On the weekend of the 11th and 12th August 2018, Barnstaple Town Council went all out to commemorate 100 years since the ending of WW1, and the 100th Birthday of the RAF. The jam packed weekend included events in Barnstaple Guildhall, on Barnstaple Strand, in Queen Anne's Cafe and Barnstaple Pannier Market.
Barnstaple had a flying visit from a WWI Bi-Plane, it was a beautiful example of a Bristol Scout 1264 and is the only airworthy 1264 Bristol Scout in the world. On the Saturday it was situated on the Mosaic area on the Strand, braving the weather! On the Sunday it was safely tucked away under the cover of the Pannier Market. It was the perfect accompaniment to the WWI Dinner and Dance that took place in the evening at the Queen Anne’s Café. The dinner was a huge success and raised £1,113 for the Mayors Charities. The entertainment for the evening was provided by The liberty Sisters, a vintage trio.
The Guildhall was full of events all weekend, provided by not only Barnstaple Town Council but The Plough Arts Centre and The North Devon Museum as well. The Mayor's Parlour hosted an Edwardian Suffragette campainging for votes for women. The Dodderidge Room showed off its treasures and housed the Devon Remembers project from the Plough and Museum. The Main Chamber was transformed into a WW1 trench, people were transported back to in time, able to experience the horrors of trench warfare. The stories were truly terryfying and people came away feeling all the more grateful for the sacrfices made during WWI.