A Cleethorpes soldier who took part in the D-Day landings and a Grimsby seaman who served in the Merchant Navy are to be the focus of a free exhibition to mark the 75th anniversary of VE day, due originally to take place last year but delayed because of the pandemic.
The exhibition will take place at Grimsby Town Hall on Friday, September 17 and Saturday, September 18, from 10am to 4pm. It will tell the story of the Second World War from a local perspective through photographs, documents and artefacts.
Visitors will be able to see items connected with a Matilda tank named “Grimsby”, the presentation Spitfires that were financed by local people and the air raid shelters that were constructed to protect the civilian population.
This exhibition is being held as part of the ‘Streets and their Stories’ project. One of the aims of the project is to capture people’s memories of local events, so we are looking forward to meeting anyone who has a story connected with the war.Adrian Wilkinson Archivist, Lincs Inspire
The exhibition will also feature items relating to Lincolnshire’s many aerodromes and the aircraft types that could be seen over the county during the war years, as well as a lad from Brighowgate Children’s Home who saw action on the cruiser ‘Sheffield’.