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First World War history group will set up camp.

Byline: Will Hayward News Reporter

THIS weekend Meriden will host members of a living history group in a mock First World War camp.

The Great War Society will set up camp outside the Queen's Head pub and visitors will be able to learn about the uniforms, weaponry, equipment, training and medical facilities that Meriden's soldiers experienced during the Great War.

The event is part of Meriden's First World War Centenary Commemoration which is being led by volunteers from the local community, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The aim is to help the community to understand the impact of the First World War on Meriden, its residents and the men who served and fell.

Previous events have included football and cricket matches with the Royal Corps of Signals, candlelit vigils for the men named on Meriden's war memorial and a talk by local historian Doreen Agutter.

Councillor Melanie Lee, chairman of Meriden Parish Council, said: "Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, we have been able to put on these exciting events for the residents of Meriden and give them a real insight into an important period in our history.

"The Great War Society weekend will really capture the imagination of younger visitors and is a history lesson they'll never forget - but this event will interest all ages and is a unique opportunity to find out more about the experiences of First World War soldiers."

There will be kit and firepower demonstrations at 11.30am and 2.30pm on Saturday and 12pm and 2.30pm on Sunday.

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 22, 2016
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