Visit will mark war centenary

Lady Jane Franklin School visit
Lady Jane Franklin School visit

The visit of dignitaries from Spilsby’s twin town in France this week will have increased poignancy with the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the start of the First World War.

Mayor Peter Grant will be present at events between May 1-5 which have been lined up for the visitors from Fresnay sur Sarthe in north west France, and which will end with a tree planting and plaque ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

Spilsby Town Council clerk Bonnie Smith said a lot of activities were due to take place, including a number of sporting challenges involving youngsters.

She added: “We will also be replacing one of the trees, which was uprooted by bad weather on ancient Eresby Avenue, and planting a lime tree in its place and the ceremony will end with the unveiling of the plaque which will bear the words ‘In Commemoration of the Great War 1914-1918’.”

This event coincides with the 69th anniversary of VE Day (May 8) - which marked the official end to the Second World War in Europe in 1945 - and members of The Royal British Legion will also be present in memory of fallen comrades.

The visit will end with an evening reception at Franklin Hall on the Saturday.

Meanwhile, in a separate event, the mayor (pictured) welcomed delegations of young people from schools in France, Sweden, Finland and Bulgaria.

Pupils from the Lady Jane Franklin School and their continental friends have been working on a project which is looking at water sustainability and fair trade.