By Les Lockhart

A one day ‘Bembridge At War’ exhibition will show the part the village and it’s surrounding area has played in conflicts.

The free exhibition opens today (Saturday) from 10am until 4pm and will cover the role of Bembridge from the 19th century until the present day.

It will show the way the village has coped with war, as well as it’s key role over the years. One of the highlights will be a seaplane base used during the 1st world war at Bembridge Point, providing protection for Portsmouth and the Eastern Solent.

Among items on display at Bembridge Village Hall will be ‘letters home’ from soldiers on the Front during the first world war. It also includes a mock up of what a living room looked like in the 2nd world war, with gas masks and an air raid warning rattle.

Military historian – Adrian Searle – will give two talks on wartime topics during the course of the day and it’s hoped there will be military vehicles at the exhibition too.