Stevenage fair to commemorate First World War centenary
PUBLISHED: 07:01 14 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:17 14 September 2018
A community fair to mark the centennial celebration of the end of the First World War will be held tomorrow.
The event was due to held in the open-air quadrangle near Sainsbury’s on Stevenage’s Magpie Crescent, but will now take place on Shephall Green behind The Shephall Centre (Shephall Green Crescent, SG2 9XR).
It will have up to 30 stalls including jewellery, cakes, cards, toys, and bags and shoes. The Royal British Legion, Stevenage Museum and Stevenage World Forum will also have stalls, and the event will be officially opened by Stevenage mayor Margaret Notley and mayoress Laurie Chester.
There will be plenty to entertain children, including traditional games such as bob apple, a treasure hunt, tombola and children’s activities.
The Royal Pigeon Racing Association are planning to hold a pigeon release to pay tribute to homing pigeons’ important role in the war as military messengers, and sea cadets will provide live music.
There will be a competition for best dressed in the 1918 style, a ‘guess the number of poppies in the jar’ competition and Irish dancing.
Refreshments will include a burger van, Greek barbecue, ice cream van and sweet cart.
Trish Newton, one of the organisers, said: “We have tried to make this a really memorable and fun event.
“For the centennial anniversary of the end of the First World War we thought it would be great for the community to do its bit, instead of just having the official functions.
“We have had tremendous support from the community.
“It has been a lot of hard work but we are sure, with the support we have had, that this is going to be a fun day for the community and everyone will learn something.
“The main thing is to educate people about the importance of what happened during the First World War, including that Stevenage lost 200 lives.”
Trish said it is hoped the event will especially provide an opportunity for children to understand what happened 100 years ago.
All profits from the fair, which will run from 12 noon until 5pm this Saturday, will be donated to veteran charities such as Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion.
Trish said: “It has been a lot of hard but worthwhile work to organise.
“Come and join in the festivities.”