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Frontline Folkestone,1914-1918: Living History Event for the family

 

Sunday 9th June 2013, 10.30am – 3.00pm – Step Short and The Folkestone School for Girls together with The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment (living history group) will recreate life in Folkestone during the First World War when our town w…as full of soldiers ready to cross the Channel to fight in France and Flanders.

Between August 5th, 1914, and June 28th, 1919, 9,271,726 British officers and men and Allied officers and men and 1,233,177 Civilians engaged in Red Cross and other war-work either embarked or landed at Folkestone. From being a rather exclusive seaside resort it assumed according to Edwin Pratt “…the aspect of a cosmopolitan city. There were to be seen in the town, on the Leas, or passing along the Lower Sandgate Road, British, Dominion, Colonial, American, French, Russian or Serbian troops” as well as Indians, Chinese, black and white South Africans, West Indians and Fijians.

Activities will include:

• Meet the soldiers, the WAACs, the nurses at Manor House Hospital and the White Feather girls
• Listen to the War Poets
• Visit the Rest Camp with its shop where soldiers could relax
• Enjoy live WW1 music at the bandstand
• Experience Folkestone in wartime. You can even ‘join the Army’!

FREE games and prizes for Children!! For further information see:  www.stepshort.co.uk.