Visitors to Barnstaple over the weekend may have noticed an unusual addition to the town in the form of a World War One biplane.

The Bristol Scout 1264 was  in the Pannier Market on Sunday as part of Barnstaple Town Council’s Heritage Open Days.The Bristol Scout 1264 was in the Pannier Market on Sunday as part of Barnstaple Town Council’s Heritage Open Days.

The Bristol Scout 1264 was on the Strand on Saturday and in the Pannier Market on Sunday as part of Barnstaple Town Council’s Heritage Open Days.

This year’s activities were dedicated to the centenary of the end of World War One and the RAF’s 100th birthday.

As well as the plane’s appearance, activities took place in the Guildhall, with a suffragette in the mayor’s parlour discussing and campaigning for women’s votes.

The Plough Arts Centre and the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon took residence in the Dodderidge Room with the Devon Remembers project, and the main chamber was transformed into a World War One trench.

The plane provided an accompaniment to a World War One dinner and dance on Saturday night, which raised £1,113 for the mayor’s charities.

Deputy town clerk Kate Graddock said: “Barnstaple Town Council felt that this year’s Barnstaple Heritage Days should focus on such an important part of our history.

“The weekend was a chance for us to educate our community about the First World War and for us to commemorate those that fought for our country.

“We’ve had so many positive comments following the weekend’s events including The Great War Dinner and Dance and we’d like to thank everyone who attended and helped make the weekend such a great success.”

Barnstaple Town Council’s heritage and cultural manager, Megan Sanders, added: “The weekend was a huge success, this has been a massive event many months in the making and it was so lovely to see so many people attend.

“A big thank you to everyone who took part and came along and a massive thank you to everyone who made the event possible.”