Datchet goes back in time to commemorate British Legion’s 90th birthday

Datchet residents will hold celebrations next week that will see The Green recreated as a World War I training camp.

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The 90th birthday celebrations of the Datchet branch of the Royal British Legion coincides with the centenary of the outbreak of World War I. Datchet Village Society and other village groups have come together to organise activities as part of a series of commemorative events planned throughout the year.

The Green in Datchet will be recreated into a typical 1914 training camp on Saturday, March 22 – including horses and carriages, and troops training and performing in period costume.

A 1914-themed fete will also be run with local schools participating and the Women’s Institute Hall will be decorated with pictures from 1914.

Villagers will be encouraged to bring along pictures of their relatives who served in the war, in the hope of setting up a roll of honour for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Mary Bayliss, the Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire, and Windsor MP Adam Afriyie will be attending, alongside other dignitaries.

The event will run from noon with a church service beforehand at St Mary’s Church.

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