STUDENTS are staging a play re-enacting the first recruitment drive of young men from South Craven and other parts of the district to the battlefields of the First World War.

The production, being performed by young people from the Skipton Academy, recounts the true story of Craven recruiting campaigner Harry Gilbert Tunstill.

The highly acclaimed Tunstill’s Men has been touring the district, with two more performances still to come – on Friday and on Saturday.

It is part of the Craven and the First World War project, a Heritage Lottery-funded scheme which aims to build a greater understanding of life in Craven district during the Great War.

Coun Simon Myers, lead member of Craven Council, said: “These performances are a unique opportunity for the local community to learn about the events that took place in Craven one hundred years ago and to commemorate the sacrifices made by those men and women whose lives were affected forever.”

Robert Freeman, Craven and the First World War project officer, said: "Tunstill’s Men is an immersive and emotive performance that draws in the audience to experience exactly what the people of Craven went through at the start of the First World War."

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