Hundreds of veterans, dignitaries and families gathered in Lincolnshire on September 6th to commemorate the region’s involvement in a significant Second World War battle. As part of the 70th anniversary of WWII’s Battle of Arnhem in the Netherlands, Woodhall Spa Cottage Museums organised a day of events to honour the brave servicemen who took part, since Woodhall Spa was the training base for the Air Landing Brigade who participated in the battle. There was Freedom Flame torch relay organized by over 100 young people, a Veteran’s Parade led by the iconic Freedom Flame, and the RAF Waddington Pipe Band.
Among the dignitaries were the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire and the Dutch Military, Air and Deputy Defence Attache.
The day’s events also included a church service, a wreath-laying ceremony, a veteran’s lunch. During the afternoon veterans and visitors had the choice of a free concert featuring 1940s music in Jubilee Park or a nostalgic afternoon at the Kinema in the Woods.. Event Co-ordinator Jackie Goodall said: ‘Woodhall Spa played a big part in the preparations for Operation Market Garden during World War II, and seventy years on from the Battle for Arnhem, we’ve decided to show our gratitude to the brave servicemen that took part. “Our Commemoration Dayl brought veterans from all over the region together in reverence and pride, and will provide a chance for the community to enjoy nostalgic music, pageantry and entertainment.” Arnhem Commemoration Day was funded and supported by The Armed Forces Covenant, The Woodhall Spa Parish Council, The Veteran Regimental Associations’ family and friends, East Lindsey District Council and Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage.