Caroline Flint

Standing up for Don Valley.

MP sees World War I exhibition

WW1 ExhibitionDon Valley MP Caroline Flint was the honoured guest at a sneak preview of an exhibition about 400 local men and boys from Conisbrough & Denaby Main involved in World War One.
Said Caroline “Jim and  Barbara Beachill and John Gwatkin deserve huge credit for an exhibition that touches the lives of hundreds of local families.  340 men and boys from Conisbrough & Denaby Main fought in the Great War and did not return.  This exhibition brings their stories to life.  It is full of remarkable and sad accounts.  
“These men were plunged into a great conflict just two years after the Cadeby Main disaster had taken 91 lives.  Little did they know that this community would lose 340 more in such a short space of time.”

Said Jim Beachill of the Conisbrough & Denaby Main Local History Group: “It was great that Caroline could spend time to see the preview of this important exhibition and there is already interests from local schools.  The preview of the Great War week on Friday gave visitors an insight to the depth of information to be revealed to visitors during the Great War Week from
March 15th to March 22nd.”

Two of the twelve exhibition displays were on view, each containing numerous photos and stories of people from Conisbrough and Denaby who lived and died during the World Wide conflict.  The other displays being constructed will take the number of stories and photographs to over 400.

As well as the detailed information about the Great War there will be a snapshot of the history of the villages of Conisbrough and Denaby Main including amongst other items  the Cadeby disaster and ‘Bagmuck’ strike.

JIm Caroline discuss WW1 exhibitionVisitors can also see  a diorama depicting Laurence Calvert’s bravery in winning his V.C., together with other models from the period, memorabilia and medals.

The computers in the library have now been linked to the local history website with over 3,400 pages of information of the extraordinary history of Conisbrough and Denaby Main.

The week will feature a quiz for schoolchildren who visit with a prize of replica memorabilia from 100 years ago to children who complete the quiz.

The depth of information to be provided  on display during the Great War week promises to provide visitors during the week a unique insight into the lives and events of local people 100 years ago.
TOP PHOTO: Caroline with Jim Beachill, Barbara Beachill and John Gwatkin.

LOWER PHOTO: Jim Beachill discusses the exhibition with Caroline Flint.

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