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WORLD WAR ONE AND CAMBORNE YOUTH BAND EXHIBITION

Our free exhibition PLAYING FOR CAMBORNE is now at Camborne Library  and Council offices until 30 November 2019.

Just over 100 years ago, a group of brave tin miners from Dolcoath set off to the Western Front after war broke out.

Last year (August 2018), 100 years on from the end of the war, Camborne Youth Band followed in their footsteps and travelled back to France and Belgium to honour their memory.  Click here to view a film about the trip.

They took a 100-year-old bugle that belonged to one of these men, Fred Negus.  Fred’s great great grandson, Corey Williams, plays in the Band.

They also took a rugby ball, signed by current Cornwall and Devon teams, to honour the memory of three famous rugby matches played at the Front in 1915.

They visited:

  • Estaires, in northern France, where they played by the War Memorial and presented the rugby ball to the town
  • Sailly-sur-la-Lys, where a Cornishman from the Field Ambulance is buried
  • The Menin Gate, Ypres, where they played to a crowd of thousands.

The exhibition, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund,  tells the story of this history – and the Band’s journey.

Camborne Library and Council Offices  TR14 8HA

930am-5pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday

10am – 1pm Saturday

8 October – 30 November 2018