TILBURY Fort will be the focus of a day-long Great War open day in August to mark the 100th anniversary of Britain’s entry into the First World War.

The day will start with a short remembrance service that will recognise the sacrifice made by 883 Thurrock soldiers, and many others.

Throughout the day on Monday, August 4, there will be a wide range of activities, including re-enactment displays, Edwardian games, a play about the emotions of war, a poetry workshop and a chance to capture family reminiscences of the 1914-18 conflict with Thurrock Local History Society.

The fort’s 18 pounder field gun will also be fired and there will be a Royal Army Service Corps horse and mule display.

The fort was used throughout the Great War as a major coastal defence site and logistic store for war equipment to be shipped out via Tilbury Docks.

Councillor Lynn Worrall, in charge of communities, said: “Tilbury Fort has played an important role in British History since Tudor times and is a very apt centre-piece for Thurrock’s commemorations this year.