Stories from the trenches at this exhibition

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Stories from the trenches are set to be shared at a special exhibition at Stotfold Mill.

A World War One exhibition will be taking place at the mill on July 20 to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the conflict.

It will focus on local men and their families, telling their stories through documents, letters and memorabilia.

One letter from Frank Seymour to his mother in October 1915 reads: “Are we down – hearted? No! although at present under shell fire.”

Frank was one of seven sons, who all served abroad. He received the Distinguished Conduct Medal in 1920 for his courage.

The Arlesey and Stotfold Branch of the Royal British Legion will be providing additional material, including a film of original footage from the Battle of the Somme. There will also be two large model planes, a Fokker tri-plane as flown by the Red Baron and a British Sopwith bi-plane. Also on view are commemorative paintings specially produced by Stotfold Art Group and a model of the trench system.

The highlight will be a flypast by a Lancaster bomber at 3pm.

The exhibition is free and runs from 12.30pm to 5pm.