13th Aug, 2020

More than 100 people went on guided walks of the Lickey Hills' First and Second World War sites

AROUND 100 people turned out for the guided walks around the First and Second World War sites at the Lickey Hills, led by head ranger Steve Hinton.

They were operated by members of the Lickey Hills Local History Society on September 15 and 16 as part of this year’s Heritage Open Weekend.

Two new information boards were unveiled as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded WWI Project, providing information about the Bilberry Hill

Gun Proof Range in the Lickey Hills Country Park and its role in the final months of the First World War.

Chris Reynolds, Bill Busby and Ruth Roberts had the honour of performing the unveiling.

Bill and Chris were woodsmen in the country park in the 1960s and have provided important information to the project about some of the buildings demolished in the 1980s.

Ruth Roberts is the daughter-in-law of a Bombardier Hudson Roberts, a soldier stationed at the site as part of a Royal Garrison Artillery unit.

She has provided photographic evidence of what was on the site in 1918.

There were also displays on the men on the local war memorials who died in 1918, local aspects of the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic, the 1918 changes in suffrage, and some of the lost churches of the area.

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