Off To The Front
This diorama has now been incorporated into our new St Budock layout.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of The Great War, we constructed a small diorama representing what would have been an all to familiar seen, not only here in Cornwall, but all over the UK. Of course no one could have envisaged the colossal loss of life and injuries that would be incurred and we in no way wanted to glorify conflict. The layout was displayed in a local art shop window during August, the month during which Britain declared war on Germany.
The original station board was donated to our society some time ago, back-scenes were painted by Dave Curtis, as were the figures. The train was formed from a mix of society stock and one or two of Dave's models. We must extend our thanks to Dave for his efforts.
As the anniversary passes we will be developing St Budoc into a functional layout, although in a later period. We are privileged to have been able to contribute to Falmouth's memorial events to The Great War, and in some small way remember the millions of people from all over the world who perished between 1914 and the armistice on 11th November 1918. It should also be remembered that many of the horses (requisitioned from local farmers) also failed to return from the conflict.