Series of talks look back at local history

Patients of the Red Cross hospital at Belle Vue house in 1915. ANL-150501-091459001

Patients of the Red Cross hospital at Belle Vue house in 1915. ANL-150501-091459001

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A series of local history talks at The Quay Theatre in Sudbury are set to kick off on January 25, with a look back at the town in 1915.

Local historian and teacher Sue Tibbetts will begin the 1915 series with a talk on Belle Vue’s finest hour.

The talk will feature extracts from autograph books shown on the big screen, along with contemporary photographs of Belle Vue in its wartime role.

In February 1915, Belle Vue House was turned into a Red Cross hospital for doctors and nurses to treat injured soldiers from the trenches in France.

As well as crucial medical staff, local women with only basic training volunteered their help to the wounded soldiers.

In the second talk of the evening, Peter Thorogood will recall the Eatanswill Club’s fun, frolics and feasting in the Edwardian period.

Tickets for each of the six history evenings are £7 or £36 for all six, held at fortnightly intervals at 7.30pm with a week’s gap before the last talk.

Topics this year include Sudbury and Suffolk during the Civil War, life on the River Stour and when chalk made Sudbury wealthy.