Steam Fair To Keep Popular Trench Display

Steam Fair To Keep Popular Trench Display

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 8:04am 15th December 2014.

Following the overwhelming interest and support of the World War One Commemorative Display at the 2014 Great Dorset Steam Fair, organisers have decided to keep the replica trenches from this year’s special display until 2018, to coincide with the 4 year centenary of the 1914-1918 conflict.

The Great Dorset Steam Fair is continuing to offer people the chance to travel back a hundred years.

They've announced they're keeping their World War One trenches which were specially built for this years centenary of the war.

Organisers decided that because of the overwhelming reaction from visitors they're keeping their authentic display.

Although the trenches were dug out using modern machinery, every other aspect is authentic. They are formed of 2 rows with a front line trench and a support trench, and each is approximately 150ft long and 6ft deep.

These trenches were created to replicate those on the Western Front in France 100 years ago, so they are in a zigzag formation with duck boarding to walk on, tin and wooden panelling on the sides and sand bags lining the top front edge.  

Managing Director Martin Oliver says: "The exhibitors who participated in this year's WW1 Display have said that our trenches were the best replica system they had ever seen."

"We have made the decision to keep the trenches until at least 2018 because it seems an appropriate tribute to those who lost their lives in The First World War."

"Many of our visitors told us that this year's WW1 Special Display was incredibly moving, and it would be a shame to remove a spectacle that causes such reflection before the centenary is over."

The Great Dorset Steam Fair site is based on a working farm, Tarrant Hinton, and next year's event will take place from Wednesday 2nd September to Sunday 6th September.

Organising are also inviting local schools to contact them by emailing if they wish to visit them free of charge.