An Army base will open its gates on Father’s Day to start the county’s commemoration of the First World War.
Kendrew Barracks, in Cottesmore, will be open to the public on June 15 and families are being called to attend the event which will be called Mobilisation.
The announcement was made in Oakham Castle at an event attended many leading Rutland arts organisations, along with the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Laurence Howard, the Royal British Legion, the Women’s Institute, the British Red Cross, and the Rutland Lions.
Mobilisation will be promoted by Arts for Rutland and will feature live performances from local bands, choirs and orchestras, a series of displays from museums and collections, and an area where children can play games that were popular in 1914. Cadets from Rutland will be on parade and children from primary schools in the county will perform a specially commissioned set of songs titled Wildflower Meadows.
Speaking at the announcement meeting, Station Commandant, Lt Col Steve Lonnen, said: “We are delighted to be able to open our base. As part of the British army, serving today in Afghanistan and elsewhere, we retain a strong family link to everyone who served in the 1914 conflict, and especially to the people of Rutland and the East Midlands who lost so many young men at that time.”
For more information, visit www.a4r.org. To participate on the day, call Joy Everitt on 01572 723393.