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WW1 Exhibition In Bridport

Bridport Town Hall

8:11am 9th August 2014

Bridport Town Hall is hosting a free, walk-through exhibition to commemorate the centenary of World War One.

'Keep the Home Fires Burning' will run from today until August 25th - with a look at the homes the soldiers left behind, and the contrasting conditions in a trench.

Wessex FM spoke to Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard from the Bridport Heritage Forum who says Bridport had a key involvement in WW1.

"Many of the men were in restricted industries, but they still volunteered to go and fight. We've also realised that the ladies were involved with making camouflage netting and also then submarine netting which was a special contract, a secret contract, that was introduced at the beginning of 1915."

Jane says that due to Bridport's rich rope and net making heritage the town didn't suffer economically during the war, "As soon as war breaks out Bridport always does very well, so the four years of the War saw Bridport booming."

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