Village turns the clock back

TIME-TRAVELLING was on the agenda for visitors to Kirton in Lindsey as they were guided through the Edwardian period.

The Kirton in Lindsey Society organised a major exhibition on Edwardian Kirton to take people back to what the area was like between the years 1901 – 1910 in the newly-refurbished Diamond Jubilee Town Hall.

There were many displays on various themes including costume of the period, schooling,industry; entertainment, and much, much more.

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Gainsborough Heritage Association were also in attendance with displays about Rose Brothers and Marshalls.

Society secretary Martin Hollingsworth said it was a very enlightening weekend for all concerned.

“It went really well and we’re delighted to see about 300 people come through the doors across the weekend,” he said. “People from as far and York and the South came along, which was great to see.”

“We’ve had very good feedback from everyone because there was so much going on. Our guest speakers went down very well, we had people in appropriate costume from the time, there was a lady weaving baskets and taking questions and a local and family research corner.”

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He continued: “You hear so much about the Victorian era but never very much about the Edwardian years so we wanted to explore what that meant locally.”

“For example, people who came along learned that it was in fact a man from Scotter who created and marketed the King Edward potato. There was also a radio operator from the area who saved hundreds of lives when two ships collided in the Atlantic near America.”

Martin added: “We’d like to thank the archives, the Heritage Association and Lincoln County Library for providing us with so much - it was a great team effort and made it all worthwhile.”

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