Pendle Hippodrome orchestra pit becomes WW1 trench

Colne Commemorates the Great War The event will see actors recreating "snatches of 1914 life"

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A Lancashire theatre's orchestra pit will be transformed into a World War One trench to commemorate the conflict.

The pit at Pendle Hippodrome will be transformed as Colne is "plunged back in time to the summer war broke out," a town council spokeswoman said.

Colne Commemorates the Great War will also see a recruitment hall recreated near the war memorial and actors recreating "snatches of 1914 life".

Councillor Neil Butterworth said it aimed to show the war's impact.

"Thousands thronged the streets of Colne a century ago and we want to recreate the feeling of our little town caught up in something massive," he said.

The recruitment hall will see any willing volunteers "learning how to parade under the commanding voice of our WW1 drill sergeant," the event's co-ordinator Eleanor Jolley said.

The council spokeswoman said the orchestra pit had been dressed by the theatre's backstage team.

"They have transformed it with imagination and a little theatrical trickery into a place of sandbags, corrugated iron, barbed wire, duck boards and ammunition boxes."

"It will come to life with a Tommy facing life at the front complete with the sounds, light and smoke of battle."

The event will also see a canteen offering a period menu set up in the town's market place and brass band and clog dancing demonstrations.

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