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100 sign up for the big dig

Loos Trenches, Blackpool.
These were constructed near Watson Road Park in 1915  for training purposes, but were later an attraction for locals and visitors to give the public some idea what the trenches were like for those fighting in World War One . Sixpence was charged to visit them with the money going to local hospitals. Here they are showing the use of periscopes.
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Loos Trenches, Blackpool. These were constructed near Watson Road Park in 1915 for training purposes, but were later an attraction for locals and visitors to give the public some idea what the trenches were like for those fighting in World War One . Sixpence was charged to visit them with the money going to local hospitals. Here they are showing the use of periscopes. Blackpool historical

Amateur archeologists have signed up in their droves to excavate First World War trenches in a Blackpool park.

The trenches, which are under Watson Road Park in South Shore, will be partly excavated and on view for the first time this summer since being filled in almost 90 years ago.

Blackpool Council will team up with the Friends of Watson Road Park, The University of Salford and Lancashire County Council to hold ‘The Big Dig’ from Monday for two weeks.

Those behind the scheme appealed for volunteers to arm themselves with digging equipment to take part.

And they were stunned by the response.

More than 100 volunteers have signed up ready for the launch event on Monday.

Coun Christine Wright, cabinet member for culture and heritage, said: “The response to the The Big Dig has been fantastic.

“More than 100 volunteers have signed up.

“The deadline has now closed, and we’re getting in touch with everybody who has applied.

“This promises to be a great project for families and volunteers to get involved in.

“It will give them the chance to learn about archaeology as well as about Blackpool’s heritage.”

Despite no land warfare taking place in Blackpool during the First World War, the trenches were created to help train up the large numbers of volunteers who signed up after the initial outbreak of the war.

It is believed to be around 90 years since the trenches were last seen.

Training sessions for the volunteers will be held tomorrow and Saturday.

Due to the site being an active excavation site, volunteers must be aged 12 or over, with anyone under 18 needing to be accompanied by an adult aged 21 or over.

 

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