Big plans for WWI centenary

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A nostalgic fete and sports day will be the centrepiece to a series of special events in the town planned to commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

The Centenary Fete and Sports Day at The Hollows in Daventry on August 9 will feature old-fashioned competitions and sports such as tug o’war as well as traditional fairground attractions, street performers and a dog show.

Shops and businesses will also be encouraged to dress their windows with First World War-themed displays on the day, for a competition to find the best-dressed shop in Daventry.

It is one of a number of events and activities being planned by Daventry District Council (DDC), Daventry Town Council and Daventry & District Housing (DDH) to help mark the war’s centenary including events designed to share memories and help identify links to the Great War.

People will be invited to collate a Family History Book and contribute towards a series of Daventry Museum information days.

There are also refurbishment plans for the town’s war memorial including landscaping and lighting it at night . (see panel right).

Preparations are already well under way, with pupils district-wide being asked to write poetry and short stories and design wartime posters for a special exhibition. Awards will be presented for the best entries in different age categories. Schools can find out more by phoning Della Butcher on 01327 871100 or emailing

Cllr Alan Hills, DDC’s Community, Culture and Leisure Portfolio Holder, said: “The First World War had a devastating impact on millions of lives across Europe and it is important that our community continues to remember the sacrifices made by our ancestors.”

Sarah Sims, Community Development Officer at DDH, said: “It’s fantastic that so much positive local activity will be taking place to recognise this significant landmark.”

Daventry Town Mayor, Cllr Mark Wesley added: “Daventry Town Council is fully behind this commemoration.”