Thurton church exhibition proves a success

Lynton Johnson with the embroidered postcard sent from Flanders to a family in Thurton. Photo : Stev

Lynton Johnson with the embroidered postcard sent from Flanders to a family in Thurton. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Archant

Families in Thurton searched their lofts and attics for First and Second World war memorabilia to display in the village church for a weekend of commemoration.

Items from the Thurton church exhibition of wartime stories and memorabilia. Photo : Steve Adams

Items from the Thurton church exhibition of wartime stories and memorabilia. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Archant

Items on show included a postcard sent from Flanders by a Mr Wharton to his son Freddie back home in Thurton. The postcard was made in silk and still belongs to the Wharton family.

Another item was a Princess Mary gift box. One of the organisers Lynton Johnson said that thousands of these were made during the First World War. They were sent to the troops in the trenches and contained cigarettes and a bar of chocolate.

Meanwhile, a chalice, known as a padre cup, would have been used in the trenches as a drinking cup to administer holy communion.

Other items included a bell, an old lamp used in the trenches, postcards, and a wooden box made by German prisoners of war in Wortwell during the Second World War.

Mr Johnson, who collects memorabilia, said: 'We had a very good turn-out at the church last weekend, and raised money for the Royal British Legion - the money is still coming in, so we don't yet know how much we raised.

'We also had a supper party on the Saturday evening with a cabaret with musical numbers from the world wars up to the present day, which also raised money for the legion.'