October 23 2014 Latest news:
By MARK BOGGIS
Sunday, July 20, 2014
People in Lowestoft took a step back in time and discovered what life was like 100 years ago as the town hosted a special history festival.
Organised to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, Lowestoft Revisited 1914 was hailed as a “fantastic success” by organisers.
The Lowestoft Living Archive project and Lowestoft Vision teamed up to turn the town centre back to life in Lowestoft a century ago, as a range of entertainment was showcased yesterday (Saturday).
From a First World War field hospital, to a soldier reflecting on life in the trenches, the event featured a number of displays and events.
Historic fashion shows, poetry readings, music and dance all featured alongside talks and storytelling, as events ran throughout London Road North, The Bethel theatre in Battery Green Road and at Waterstones bookshop.
Students from schools across Lowestoft created original artwork on the First World War, as part of a project that honoured the memory of local fisherman who lost their lives in the war.
These were on display as part of an exhibition at The Bethel, which also featured commemorative creations from students at Ormiston Denes Academy.
Wrentham Brass Band performed music from the era in the town centre, while youngsters from the Venue of Performing Arts and Cantors Theatre School showed their skills.
Waterstones hosted talks by local authors and wartime displays, while members of the Lowestoft Aviation Society “had a fantastic day” as “lots of interest was shown” in their stall.
Numerous characters from Black Knight Historical made their way around town, dressed in amazing costumes from the period, as they met the public and joined in with the talks and entertainment.
Bringing the curtain down on what had been a successful festival, two memorial plaques – featuring the youngsters’ designs that remembered the Lowestoft fishermen who died in the First World War – were unveiled during a special ceremony at Lowestoft Railway Station.
Sophie Jackson, of Lowestoft Living Archive, said: “It has been a marvellous day, and a real big boost for the whole town.”
Lowestoft Vision BID manager, Darren Newman, added: “We have seen an increase in footfall with a wide range of entertainment attracting lots of people to town – from visitors to the local community.”