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BCoT remembers its roots with Thornycroft visit

Thornycroft vehicle visits BCoT to commemorate WW1 centenary

Staff and students from Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) had a special visit from a historic Thornycroft vehicle on Saturday 3 November, as part of a series of activities to commemorate the WW1 centenary.

As part of a wider commemorative journey from Hook to Whitchurch, the Thornycroft vehicle stopped off at BCoT to celebrate the heritage of the First World War within Basingstoke and the surrounding area.

Thornycroft vehicles, which were used extensively during the war by the military, were previously produced on a manufacturing site that once stood on the college’s campus.

After leaving BCoT, the vehicle travelled a short distance to the nearby Morrisons store on Worting Road, where BCoT staff and students helped to load up 64 OXO cubes into a military shell alongside the Mayor of Basingstoke to remember 64 Whitchurch men who were killed in the First World War.

The OXO cubes were then part of a display in The Longmeadow Sports and Social Club the following day, when a special wartime lunch menu created by BCoT students was served. The wartime menu is also available to members of the public at BCoT’s onsite training restaurant for a limited time.

The visit and specially designed menus are part of a series of activities taking place throughout BCoT this week to commemorate the WW1 centenary, with Public Services students fundraising for the Royal British Legion and Art and Design students producing a commemorative outdoor art project.

To find out more about the range of First World War centenary celebrations at BCoT, keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles over the week, in the run up to Remembrance Sunday on 11 November.

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