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PICTURES: Kentwell Hall reenacts life during wartime in Long Melford


By Newsdesk Sudbury


Kent well Hall - Hall at War.....PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (3438466)
Kent well Hall - Hall at War.....PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (3438466)

There was a chance to experience what life was like during wartime at Kentwell Hall on Saturday.

The Long Melford historic hall staged an event focused on the year 1918, with staff inside and outside the house dressed in keeping with the era.

More than 60 volunteers took part in the reenactment and they included Scouts, representatives from the Army Service Corps and the Voluntary Aid Detachment, as well as nurses and Army doctors.

Kent well Hall - Hall at War..Pictured: Jo Lawler in the kitchen ...PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (3438464)
Kent well Hall - Hall at War..Pictured: Jo Lawler in the kitchen ...PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (3438464)

Kentwell Hall marketing manager Alix Massey said: “We held a concert in a mini big top, which was really lovely.

“There was music and singing and people reading poetry and newspaper accounts from the era and letters. It was funny, sad and very poignant.”

Kent well Hall - Hall at War.....PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (3438476)
Kent well Hall - Hall at War.....PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (3438476)

The event has been run annually for the past five years.

A hands-on Tudor festival takes place at Kentwell from August 18 to 27 where visitors can take part in lots of activities including Tudor butter-making, spinning, pottery, archery and woodwork.

Kent well Hall - Hall at War..Pictured: Annie Storkey (Sister Horsford) as a Red Cross Nurse...PICTURE: Mecha Morton.. (3438472)
Kent well Hall - Hall at War..Pictured: Annie Storkey (Sister Horsford) as a Red Cross Nurse...PICTURE: Mecha Morton.. (3438472)

There are still tickets available for Kentwell’s open air operas on Friday for La bohème and on Saturday for The Barber of Seville.

Book online or contact 01787 310207.

Kent well Hall - Hall at War..Pictured: Hannah Barnard-Chowdhury and Lucia Morales Kendrick ...PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (3438468)
Kent well Hall - Hall at War..Pictured: Hannah Barnard-Chowdhury and Lucia Morales Kendrick ...PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (3438468)


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