Time lines crossed as historical figures gathered together for a family history open day, held at the Lincoln chapel, with special guests, the Mayor of Lincoln, Yvonne Bodger, and her consort Gerry Gladwell, who were welcomed by local church leaders and their very own Town Crier. On an historical note, Councillor Bodger is the 810th Mayor of Lincoln.
After officially opening the event, the Mayor and her consort were invited to watch church members re-enact scenes from the past. First there was Henry VIII overseeing the execution of a young boy for stealing some bread. This was followed by Pilgrims preparing to leave for the Promised land. Suffragettes shouting, “Votes for women”, echoed around the building and Florence Nightingale tended to a wounded soldier. Another scene showed the anguish of a mother saying goodbye to her 16-year-old son who was leaving to serve his country in the First World War. A young mother and her child were depicted facing the harsh realities of life in the workhouse. Sir Winston Churchill and a member of his cabinet were seen signing papers and announcing that British troops would be sent to war. The final scene was of the present day with Queen Elizabeth II reading a statement to our great nation, encouraging us all to work together. Every scene was closed with the question, “Could you be related to me?” It was hoped that guests would ponder their own ancestors, and their heritage. Help was then offered to anyone who wanted to trace their own family tree.
The Mayor made a brief speech after which she was presented with a bouquet of flowers. She then viewed displays created by church members, featuring their own family artefacts, heirlooms, photographs and medals.