World War One BBC section to be part of Sunderland Airshow

The horror of the trenches in the Great War1914-18. World War One
The horror of the trenches in the Great War1914-18. World War One
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WORLD War One is set to invade Sunderland International Airshow as part of BBC centenary commemorations.

The broadcaster has announced plans to mark the 100th anniversary of the Great War with a series of public events this year, one of which is the airshow, running from July 25 to 27.

The BBC World War One At Home Tour will include hands-on activities, performances and interactive sessions to reflect the impact the war had on communities.

Actor Larry Lamb is one of the famous faces taking part in some of the 25 events across the country from this month, through to September.

People attending the eight large-scale events can visit The Briefing Room for interviews and presentations hosted by BBC stars, including former EastEnders actor Larry.

They can volunteer to be put through their paces on an outdoor parade ground and, at a number of events, make their own World War One At Home ID Permit.

People can also learn about how medicine and communications were transformed during the war, including demonstrations of how carrier pigeons were an invaluable resource for sending messages.

Chris Alexander, chief operating officer at Sunderland Live, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming the BBC World War One At Home Tour to this year’s Sunderland International Airshow.

“We understand the importance of commemorating the World War One centenary and are proud to be one of the eight large-scale events to showcase this unique project.”

The World War One At Home tour is a partnership between BBC Learning and BBC English Regions.

Acting controller of BBC learning, Sinead Rocks, said: “Commemorating the start of World War One, we hope these ambitious events will give visitors a hands-on experience, helping people to explore how this conflict shaped our world at home and continues to influence us today.”

Craig Henderson, head of programmes for BBC English Regions, who oversaw the launch of the World War One At Home programmes earlier this year, added: “As the national broadcaster which is also at the heart of the communities it serves, the BBC is in a unique position to stage a project like the World War One At Home Tour, reaching people right across the country.”

The BBC’s UK-wide World War One At Home project will be broadcast on local, regional and national radio, television and online from May 31.

There will be 11 half-hour regional TV documentaries which will be broadcast across England on BBC One, Monday, June 2, at 7.30pm.