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If you were lucky enough to be in Barnstaple over the weekend you may have spotted some rather unusual visitors. Barnstaple Town Council had their annual Heritage Open Days. 
 
 
 
 
 
This year’s activities were dedicated to the centenary of WWI and the 100th Birthday of the RAF. It was a fantastic show of history, both local and national that delighted the hundreds of visitors that attended. The Guildhall activities included a suffragette in the Mayors Parlour discussing and campaigning for women’s votes. The Plough Arts Centre and the North Devon Museum took residence in the Dodderidge room with their Devon remembers project. The Main Chamber was transformed into a WWI trench and people were taken back and shown how awful conditions truly were during that time. To top it all off, the Town Council organised a visit from a WWI Bi-Plane, it was a beautiful example of a Bristol Scout 1264 and is the only airworthy 1264 Bristol Scout in the world. 
 
 
 
 
The plane was situated on the Strand on Saturday, it was the perfect accompaniment to the WWI Dinner and Dance that took place in the evening at the Queen Anne’s Café. The dinner was a huge success and raised £1,113 for the Mayors Charities. The entertainment for the evening was provided by The liberty Sisters, a vintage trio. 
Sunday saw the plane in the Pannier Market, which was an unusual and entertaining additive to the Food Market. This also meant all the activities on the Sunday were undercover and the perfect way for people to spend a rainy Sunday. 
 
 
 
Megan Sanders, Heritage and Cultural manager for Barnstaple Town Council said “The weekend was a huge success, this has been a massive event many months in the making and it was so lovely to see so many people attend. A big thank you to everyone who took part and came along and a massive thank you to everyone who made the event possible.” 
 
Kate Graddock, Deputy Town Clerk said “Barnstaple Town Council felt that this year’s Barnstaple Heritage Days should focus on such an important part of our history. The weekend was a chance for us to educate our community about the First World War and for us to commemorate those that fought for our country. We’ve had so many positive comments following the weekend’s events including The Great War Dinner and Dance and we’d like to thank everyone who attended and helped make the weekend such a great success!” 
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