Did you know that Hylton Castle was occupied by the armed forces in World War One? The field to the east of the castle was once covered in tents and barrack buildings, in use by the Durham Light Infantry, the Sherwood Foresters and the Yorkshire and Lancashire regiments for troop training, recuperation and preparation for redeployment on the front line.
This year, to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the end of World War One, local children have been invited to an activity-packed day to discover more about life for civilians and soldiers in Sunderland. At the end of the school day, at 3pm, the event will open for all.
Drop in to see NELSAM's replica WW1 Morane Saulinier monoplane, as flown by Sunderland born Wing Commander Ridley, smell and taste wartime food at the 29th Field Kitchen, listen to music from an original trench organ, and compare battlefield first aid with modern army medicine with Sunderland University and the 251 medical squadron. Craft activities for young and old alike, with a chance to make part of a special poppy clippy mat or create your own badges to take home.
This event is being held at the Hytlon Castle Mission on Canterbury Road, Hylton Castle, Sunderland SR5 3LQ. No need to book, free entry, and all welcome.
For more information please contact Pearl Saddington on 07827 305567 or firstname.lastname@example.org