Scores attend Ottery Heritage Society event

SCORES of visitors flocked to get a glimpse of 'The Parish at War' over the bank holiday weekend as part of the Ottery Heritage Society s annual exhibition.

SCORES of visitors flocked to get a glimpse of 'The Parish at War' over the bank holiday weekend as, part of the Ottery Heritage Society's annual exhibition.

The five-day event in The Institute took a look at Ottery's home front efforts, seventy years after the outbreak of the Second World War.

Heritage society chairman Robert Neal said: "It was certainly better attended than anything we've done previously and went extremely well. The room was never empty and it proved very popular. People came back two or three times and often brought someone else back with them.

"We had war veterans and people who remembered war times as children. Quite a lot of younger generations and young families took an interest."

Highlights included a special feature, provided by the South West Airfields Association, which displayed a collection of wartime military uniforms from around the world.

Townsfolk contributed keepsakes and collectables such as ration-books, gasmasks and petrol coupons and memories of evacuees, soldiers stationed at the town's factory and air-raid drills were also shared.