Elvington and Eythorne Heritage Day
There were people dressed in period costumes of First World War soldiers and nurses, and adults and children were allowed to handle and wear some of the equipment and clothing at the event. Other local heritage groups attended the event with the involvement of Aylesham Heritage Centre, Shepherdswell & Coldred History Society, a local family researcher. Two of the main displays included a clay-kickers display, which showed the work made by miners, who joined the military as part of the Royal Engineers Tunnelling Companies, who were responsible for digging trenches and tunnels that stretched underground towards the German trenches.
Several new publications were being sold on the day with the author one of the books, Michael Newman, giving a reading from his book, which had been collated from notes by his father, having spoken with his grandfather, who was a Tilmanstone Colliery coal miner, and later became a Labour Party Kent County Councillor and Justice of the Peace.
Thank you to the Elvington Community Centre for sending this story in, the event sounded great and we hope to hear more from you in the future.
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