July 30th 2014


A special event is being held at Nottingham Castle on Monday 4 August to officially open the Trent to Trenches exhibition in Nottingham.

East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) has been an active supporter of the Trent to Trenches initiative, facilitating Cadet support and participation in some of the events.

Simon Worsley, Deputy Chief Executive at East Midlands RFCA, is set to attend the opening event. He said: “What has been so impressive with the Trent to Trenches project has been the commitment and enthusiasm of the numerous volunteers across the County supported ably by staff from the City and County Councils.  The resulting exhibition in the Castle and the myriad of activities across the County are a fitting commemoration to the start of the ‘War to end Wars’.”

Trent to Trenches is a City and County wide programme marking 100 years since the outbreak of the Great War. The initiative includes a major exhibition at Nottingham Castle from July to November this year which will explore the experiences of the people of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, both at the home front and in the front line – from the trenches in Flanders, the air battles over France to clash of the Dreadnoughts in the North Sea, through powerful images, diaries, letters and artefacts.

Martin Clegg, Commanding Officer at HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands only Royal Naval Reserve unit, will be representing the Naval Service at the opening event. He said: “I am pleased to be part of this poignant occasion.  Royal Navy involvement in the war was significant with thousands of sailors and marines serving in the trenches as well as at sea.  This is a chance to remember and to reflect on the commitment and sacrifice made by military and civilians alike in order to win the war.”

During the event a flag will be raised at half-mast at the Nottingham Castle by the Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace, and the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councilor Ian Malcolm. This will be followed by a number of short speeches to conclude the ceremony with guests then free to explore the Nottingham Castle exhibition at their leisure.

For more information about Trent to Trenches and events planned visit