Famous Fifty Exhibition – voted value COMRADESHIP
Coalville’s Famous Fifty were the ‘First 50’ volunteers in WW1 to set foot on French soil. These men are the subject of a book called Fifty Good Men and True by author Michael Kendrick.
The Hero Project CIC helped by hundreds of local people created an exhibition – The Famous 50 which has to date (Nov 2018) had over 12,000 visitors.
On 11 November 2017 they assembled in Coalville Market Hall – along side the trenches, the bunker, the poetry wall, the Thinking Booth, Coalville Electric Theatre, and other spaces and had over 3000 visitors in the first two weeks. In December they moved to the Coalville Co-Op and on January 4th there was an official opening by Nick Owen, CEO Mighty Creatives. They have been to Ashby, Leicester, Yorkshire, Bosworth, Moira, Coleorton, Ravenstone, and in pubs, churches, schools, chapels, shops, museums and galleries. For the remembrance weekend 2018 all fifty are at Hugglescote – were they started off in October 2914. In December 2018, the Exhibition moves to Atkins Art Gallery Hinckley for a month.
The exhibition recently won the Celebrating Anniversaries Award at the Leicestershire and Rutland Heritage Awards and was instrumental in the Hero Project winning the ‘Outstanding Impact’ Award at the Leciestershire and Rutland Rural Community Council Awards.
The soldiers have all got their own geocache – Geocachers across the UK and in France and Belgium are creating a series which will officially launch on December 12th . Click on here to the Geocache Association of Great Britains Geocache page
FILMS – Here’s a selection of films that have been made about the Famous 50