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In pictures: Insight into life in Uxbridge 100 years ago

Historian and author Ken Pearce spoke of the main events in 1915

Residents of Uxbridge gathered to learn what life was like 100 years ago over the weekend.

An exhibition - at Christ Church, Redford Way - made up of film, pictures, artefacts and demonstrations were used to show what life was like when the country was at war with the German Kaiser, on Friday and Saturday (April 10 and 11).

Local historian and author of Uxbridge Through Time, Ken Pearce, gave a talk on what life was like in 1915.

Ken told getwestlondon he was very pleased with how the event went.

He said: “Far more people came then expected. Some of the things that are interesting about 1915 are that Northolt Aerodrome was being built and Harefield Hospital opened to treat soldiers.

“A highlight of mine was singing songs from Oh! What A Lovely War around the piano.”

The Hillingdon local studies section of Uxbridge Library lent items from their collection for display.

Ken described his favourite item on display as a knitting machine of the time.

“It was so curious," he said. "I'd never seen anything like it before and it even had a half knitted sock coming out of it.”

Items on display included the first RAF uniform used in World War One, toys of the time, and even bedpans.

One of the events organisers, Doreen Smith, thought the toys went down a storm.

She said: “The youngsters were enthralled and the model railway of the time was enjoyed by big boys and little boys alike.”

Doreen praised Ken's talk and described him as the highlight of the event.

She added: “Everybody wanted to listen to Ken, he's of course everyone's favourite.”

If you didn't catch Ken this time, he will be giving a talk on the Grand Union Canal to the Hillingdon Family History society who meet every third Thursday at Hillingdon Park Baptist Church Hall, Hercies Road. Doors will open at 7.30pm.

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