Gestingthorpe to mark anniversary of explorer’s death

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PREPARATIONS are under way in Gestingthorpe to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Captain Lawrence Oates, who bravely surrendered his own life in Scott’s Antarctic Expedition in 1912.

His immortal words “I am just going outside, I may be some time” form one of the most famous sentences in history.

Villagers began last year to make plans for several events to mark the centenary year of a man whose family home was Gestingthorpe Hall.

St Mary’s Church has a plaque to Capt Oates, which describes him as a very gallant gentlemen.

It reads: “On the return journey from the South Pole of the Scott Antarctic Expedition when all were beset by hardship, he, being severely injured, went out into the blizzard to die in the hope that by so doing he might enable his comrades to reach safety.”

A committee has been formed to co-ordinate the events, which will begin on the weekend of March 16 and 17.

Wendy Jones, one of the village’s coordinating committee, said: “The village of Gestingthorpe is rightly proud of Captain Oates.

“During the course of the year full details of all the events will become available. We hope that many people will join us in the celebration of this courageous man.”