Free ‘Heritage Open Days’ in Louth this week

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More than 100 free events are taking place across Lincolnshire between September 11-14 as part of Lincolnshire’s Heritage Open Days, part of a national initiative to encourage people to explore and celebrate local history.

This year commemorates the centenary of the First World War and many events have been specially created to help share Lincolnshire’s wartime stories.

Community heritage projects ‘Down Your Wold’ and Lincolnshire Remembrance have teamed up with Louth Town Council to put on a special Wolds in Wartime display to depict how Lincolnshire Wolds residents have coped in time of conflict.

The exhibition at Louth’s Sessions House in Eastgate will be open to the public from 10am-2pm on Thursday 11 and Friday 12, and 10am–4pm on Saturday 13. Visitors will also have a chance to view Louth’s famous Brown’s Panorama.

Following on from the exhibition people are invited to a special screening of local man Patrick Hagan, known in the Louth area as the founder of Mr Chips, talking about his experiences of the Second World War.

His story was filmed by volunteer, Paul Espin, who said: “I felt very honoured to be able to produce a film that gives such an insight into Patrick’s early life, his time as a Commando, and his subsequent visit to France and Belgium for the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings this year.

“Patrick’s story is very poignant and a reminder of the bravery people show during times of conflict.”

His film will be shown to the public at the Conoco Room at Louth Library on September 13 at 4.30pm.

The Lincolnshire Wolds Railway will also be taking part with a Heritage Open Day event on Saturday and Sunday (September 13-14) which will allow visitors to find out more about the history of our local railways.

The station at Ludborough will be open from 11am to 3pm, with a static display ofheritage locomotives and wagons in the platform. The museum, shop and buffet will also be open on both days.

Spokesman Phil Eldridge said: “This is a great opportunity for people to come along to see behind the scenes and find out more about our railway, both past and present.”

As there will be no train running, people will be able to look around the station site and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. No booking is necessary, and entry is free.