Bid to mark forthcoming centenary of Catterick Garrison

A BID to record people’s memories of Catterick Garrison for posterity is taking place.

Garrison Voices is a year-long project to capture the history of Britain’s largest army base by gathering photographs, written information and memories in time for its centenary next year.

People are invited to drop in at a special memory event at Catterick Garrison Library on Thursday, February 21 from 10am until 7pm.

They can talk about their present-day or past experiences and bring along any items of interest.

Digital recording equipment will be used and photographs can be digitally scanned on the spot and returned immediately to their owners. Between 3.30pm and 4.30pm there will be a special craft and activity session for families with children aged ten and under.

Catterick Camp was established in 1914, at the start of the First World War. Many of its first occupants were fishermen from Norfolk and Suffolk who had come to build the huts after being unable to go out to sea because of naval activity.

Garrison Voices is led by North Yorkshire County Council’s County Record Office and the library service, and has been awarded a grant of £26,000 by the Ministry of Defence Community Covenant Fund.

Other partners include the Green Howards Museum, local schools and voluntary and veterans’ organisations, as well as Catterick Camp History Group.

Garrison Voices is also looking for people willing to volunteer their help. Contact the project leader Linda Turnbull on 01609-535125 or email: Linda.Turnbull@northyorks.gov.uk

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