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Radwinter During the Second World War
The Exhibition was open for three days over the May bank holiday fifty certificates of attendance for the children from Radwinter School who attended the Friday preview, as well as for our guest of honour were given out.
Stan, ran a family history stall at the exhibition and displayed memorials of the Radwinter fallen. Several photographs were brought in and Stan copied them overnight and put the copies on display. By the end of the exhibition all the people in the photographs had been identified, including an entire pre-war Radwinter cricket team and the ladies of the Women’s Institute.
The stalwarts of Radwinter W.I, provided authentic World War II catering during the exhibition and helped create the right atmosphere. Many kind people lent their treasured possessions, including many individuals from Radwinter and beyond. The exhibition was an interesting and informative display and a highly memorable event that will long be remembered.
A major outcome of the exhibition was the re-discovery of a sculpture by Karl Weschke, which had been lost to the art world. Weschke who died this year, was the leading artist of the Cornish School. Carolyn Wingfield was in touch with Karl Weshcke’s widow, who is delighted that at least one of his sculptures has survived. She let us know that Weschke also prepared set designs for shows that the German Prisoners of War put on in the Radwinter Camp theatre. By great good fortune, photographs of the German Prisoners of War and of one of their shows, were lent to us for the Exhibition by David Haylock. We were able to copy these and send photographs of Karl Weshcke’s set designs to his widow.
Radwinter War Memorial
Stan Sutherland has been researching the history on the Radwinter War Memorial. He gave an illustrated talk on the memorial, entitled Radwinter Fallen During the Two World Wars in Radwinter Village Hall on Wednesday 12th October 2005.
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