History society to have Hingham church floodlit to mark First World War centenary

Hingham history society are marking WW1 with various events at the church.Carol Harris, Rev'd Peter

Hingham history society are marking WW1 with various events at the church.Carol Harris, Rev'd Peter Trett and Geoff Young - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Members of a south Norfolk history society will have the town church floodlit to commemorate the deaths of soldiers who fought in the First World War.

Hingham history society are marking WW1 with various events at the church.Carol Harris, Rev'd Peter

Hingham history society are marking WW1 with various events at the church.Carol Harris, Rev'd Peter Trett and Geoff Young - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Hingham History Society came up with the idea as part of their centenary plans - which will also see them launch an exhbition and publish a book on the town's connection to the war.

Carol Harris, chair of the society, said: 'Well it started off with just doing people on the war memorial, but it grew. We ended up with 64 men connected with Hingham - they might not have been living here but they were born here or something similar.

'The idea to have the church floodlit came from everyone chatting. We just came up with it. A lot of people get it floodlit it for anniversaries and birthdays, so we thought we would have it done for the 100th anniversary of each death.'

Mrs Harris, who lives on the Market Place in Hingham, said that the idea would be a nice way of bringing 'the whole community together'.


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'We didn't want to try and make it a celebration - it's a commemoration,' she added.

A book detailing the town's connection with the war will be published in July - the culmination of four years hard work by Mrs Harris and the rest of the team.

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It will tell the story of Hingham's history and will be availbale for purchase.

August will also see the launch of a four-year exhibition at the church, on Church Street.

Do you have a story about the First World War centenary? Contact Kim Briscoe on kim.briscoe@archant.co.uk

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