Kate Adie to speak at World War One centenary event in Durham

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A SERIES of events in Durham City this weekend will mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

An exhibition marquee on Palace Green will open at 10.30am on Saturday with a fanfare of bugles.

The 68th Durham Light Infantry (DLI) display team will be talking about and showing historical DLI uniforms.

At about 11.15am children will take part in a military drill.

From 10.30am until 2.30pm experts from auctioneers Anderson and Garland will be on hand to value First World War and Edwardian collectables.

The marquee will be home to displays from the collections of the region’s museums including Beamish and Bowes.

Music will be provided by the Pittington Brass Band, and there will be a chance to eat as the fighting men did in a field kitchen.

At 2pm tomorrow broadcaster Kate Adie will give a talk about her book, Fighting on the Home Front: the Legacy of Women in World War One.

At 3pm the Enter CIC Theatre Group will perform extracts from the musical Home Fires, which charts the experiences of those sent to war and those who were left at home.

The marquee is also open on Sunday.

At 9.45am on Sunday there will be a dedication service for the recently erected statue of a DLI bugler in Market Place.

The ceremony in the Market Place will be shown live on screens in the marquee.

The final formal event is a commemoration service in Durham Cathedral at noon.

Visitors will be able to go into the marquee until 3pm.