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Saturday, 02 August 2014

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Lottery fund joy for Silloth group's wartime project

A special project to commemorate Silloth’s wartime years has received a welcome boost.

Silloth Tourism Action Group (STAG) today revealed it has received a grant of £9,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The money has been granted specifically to help fund research into both the history of Silloth Airfield and community memories from the war.

Volunteers from the community will gather information from residents as they recall their memories.

It will also look at how Silloth accommodated the many airmen who arrived in the town during World War Two; the supply of local services and development of a new infrastructure; what aircraft were used; how pilots were trained; air accidents and what became known as the ‘bodies on the beach’; decommissioning of the aircraft; and the legacy of the airfield.

All volunteers will receive training to help them ultimately transform their findings into a short film and there are plans to set up a museum area which will showcase some wartime artifacts and illustrate the town’s journey.

The project will culminate with a drama performance on Silloth Green.

John Cook, chairman of STAG, said: “This is fantastic news for Silloth. The HLF grant will help us to preserve Silloth’s World War Two legacy and the important memories of people in the community who lived through the war.

“These not-to-be forgotten experiences will be saved for future generations, to learn more about their heritage and for future community activities.”

The exciting initiative aims to acknowledge the importance of Silloth airfield and its impact on the local community.

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