Old Town’s tribute to its brave heroes

Joy Verda, who will be displaying one of the testimonies at the Alex May Gallery, with Michelle and Frederick Stephens.
Joy Verda, who will be displaying one of the testimonies at the Alex May Gallery, with Michelle and Frederick Stephens.

Bridlington Old Town will be commemorating the centenary of the end of World War One, with a new display which is being installed.

Organiser Michelle Stephens said: “My husband and I were so moved by visiting the Priory’s Remembering The Fallen display, and I wondered how many of the men had lived in the Old Town.

“As a result, and with the help of Chris Bonnett and Mike Wilson’s book, The Great War Heroes of Bridlington, we have identified over 50 men who either lived or worked in the Old Town.

“We have prepared a new display for properties which are linked with many of these brave heroes, and have invited the present occupiers to put up the commemorative testimonies we have designed. Each gives a brief precised biography of the individual. There will also be a trail information sheet.

“We are launching this for the Heritage Open Days events in High Street, which have been supported by DOT (Destination Old Town). However, we hope these will be displayed until November 11.”

“We are also opening two private houses in High Street to visitors - The Toft, where tea and cake will be served in the garden, and Bestworth House, on September 8, 9, 15 and 16.”

Also in Old Town this weekend, as part of the Heritage Open Days, there is a ceramics demonstration by Shirley Ann Doyle at the Old Town Gallery and Information Point at 10.45am and from 1pm, George Stevenson, The Queen’s scribe for five years, will show his skills in calligraphy.

From 1pm on Sunday, Jill Lane will be working on one of her stained glass suncatchers.