Remembering Great War helps our modern heroes
THE impact of the First World War has been remembered.
Fundraisers from Afghan Heroes welcomed dozens of people to an afternoon of entertainment at Waltham Royal British Legion.
It featured a screening of a Grimsby Chums movie, as well as display of wartime memorabilia.
First World War monologues, Lincolnshire dialect and wartime songs were performed by Ivor Edgar, of Barton.
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He said: "I've been performing for more than 20 years and there's still a great appetite for it.
"It does tend to be a more mature audience I appeal to, so it's always good to see younger people in the audience, too.
"I perform a variety of characters, but this time I decided to be Old Sam from Stanley Holloway's famous monologues."
Airfield historian Graham Chaters gave a talk on North East Lincolnshire's lost airfields.
He said: "During the First World War, there were more than 40 landing grounds and airfields in Lincolnshire, but very few of those remain today.
"Through my talks, I explain how crucial aviation has been to the county's history."
Memorabilia collector Mike Credland took along a collection of First World War uniforms, including British, French, American and German for the afternoon.
He said: "I have more than 20 uniforms at home and I've been collecting them for a good few years now.
"I've been interested in wartime memorabilia from a young age and I enjoy sharing items from my collection with others at events like this."
Afghan Heroes fundraiser Karen Hughes said: "With the launch of the Poppy Appeal upon us, it seemed like a good time of year for us to organise a fundraising event with a difference.
"We decided to split the proceeds between the Poppy Appeal and Afghan Heroes.
"Events like this are an important way of keeping the human side of major conflicts in people's minds."
Michelle Lowden, of Waltham, is the event co-ordinator for Afghan Heroes.
She said: "We formed the local Afghan Heroes support group two years ago.
"In the past 12 months alone we have raised more than £24,000 for the charity.
"It's important for people to continue to remember the impact conflicts such as the two world wars had on the country, as well as supporting our heroes in Afghanistan."
To find out more about the work of the charity, visit www.afghanheroes.org.uk