Gestingthorpe honours local hero

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SOLDIERS from the Royal Dragoon Guards will be arriving in Gestingthorpe on Sunday, March 18, to take part in the village’s centenary celebrations in honour of Captain Lawrence Oates, a village resident, who died in the famous Scott Antarctic expedition exactly 100 years ago.

Gestingthorpe’s church, St Mary the Virgin, will be staging a commemorative service starting at 3pm and a detachment of soldiers are travelling from Catterick, North Yorkshire, to take part in the event. Captain Oate’s army career spanned four decades with the Inniskilling Dragoon Guards,

Whilst on the expedition, he uttered the historic words “I am just going outside and may be some time”. He surrendered his own life to save that of others in Captain Scott’s expedition to the South Pole.

Some of his descendants from London will be attending the service at the church which has a commemorative plaque on the wall in his honour. In the past, he had lived at Gestingthorpe Hall.

The village plans more celebrations in the summer, including a flower festival and tree-planing ceremony.