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Summary

  1. An outdoor spectacular in the centre of Lincoln to mark 100 years since Lincoln-built tanks were used in WWI
  2. Live updates on Saturday 16 July 2016

Live Reporting

By David McKenna and Natasha Turney

All times stated are UK

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Look: Green Fields Beyond pictures across the day

Our coverage of the Lincoln 16 Green Fields Beyond has ended but here is a selection of pictures from the procession and tonight's finale.

Listen to BBC Radio Lincolnshire on 94.9fm for more coverage, or visit the Facebook page.

Actors
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Children in costume
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Horses in the castle
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Lincoln Castle
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Soldiers
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Lincoln Cathedral
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Tank
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Horse
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War is over as poppies are shown

Poppies were projected on the castle wall as the newly-weds in the play were reunited.

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Watch: Pyrotechnic spectacular at show

A highlight of the performance was a pyrotechnic and light show.

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'Tis the weeping of the women

'Tis the weeping of women...Tis the passing bell', Bernard Samuel Gilbert 1916 #lincoln16 @GreenFieldsBeyo

'Tis the weeping of women...Tis the passing bell', Bernard Samuel Gilbert 1916 #lincoln16 @GreenFieldsBeyo

Harsh realities of warfare depicted on set

Soldiers injured in battle returned to Lincoln. They were the lucky ones.

Soldiers
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Bet you didn't know this happened

Women playing football during the war was a common sight.

Women playing football
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Actors of all ages are making the show a success

More of the cast taking part in tonight's production.

Actors
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Spectacular backdrop for Lincoln16 event

The audience is treated to a spectacular backdrop as the story of the invention of the tank in Lincolnshire is told tonight

Radio Lincolnshire's @melvynprior in @GreenFieldsBeyo - remembering Lincoln's role in creating the tank. #lincoln16

Radio Lincolnshire's @melvynprior in @GreenFieldsBeyo - remembering Lincoln's role in creating the tank. #lincoln16

The tank's future is discussed by the soldiers

Soldiers in the play discuss whether the tank can change their fortunes in the war.

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Show details story behind 'Through Mud and Blood'

Green Fields Beyond is part of Lincoln's 100th anniversary commemoration of the events of 1916 - including the Battle of the Somme and the production of the tank. 

The name of this event is taken from the unofficial tank regiment motto "Through Mud and Blood to the Green Fields Beyond".

Tank production
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Pyrotechnic end planned for show

There is a bit of a surprise planned for the end of tonight's performance.

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Audience revelling in emotional performaces

The cast are putting their heart and soul into the show:

Really emotional performance by @lizzie_musham from @BBCRadioLincs in @GreenFieldsBeyo #Lincoln16

Really emotional performance by @lizzie_musham from @BBCRadioLincs in @GreenFieldsBeyo #Lincoln16

So this is how they started their plans for the 'land battleship'

Plans are discussed for a land battleship.

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The tank arrives

The crowd gets its first view of the tank at Lincoln16.

Tank at Lincoln Castle
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Full house enjoying the performance

About 3,000 people are watching the performance in Lincoln Castle

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Team behind the Lincoln16 event

The event has been organised by the same team behind the award winning Lipdub Lincoln Project of 2013, when BBC Radio Lincolnshire involved hundreds of participants in a live event in Lincoln.

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Watch Green Fields Beyond Live right here

Watch live coverage of tonight's finale of Green Fields Beyond at Lincoln Castle

Lincoln Castle
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The cast of the Lincoln16 event

About 100 people are taking part in tonight's performance of Green Fields Beyond at Lincoln Castle.

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A beautiful setting for the World War One event

Tonight's production is taking place inside Lincoln Castle -  home to one of four remaining copies of Magna Carta, which was signed by King John at Runnymede in 1215. 

The castle is also currently hosting an exhibition of poppies marking the centenary of World War One. 

Poppies
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Meet the Look North crew covering Lincoln16

Here are Look North's TV people working behind the scenes to cover the Lincoln16 show

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A real flag waving event

A view of the cathedral from inside the castle - did you know Lincolnshire has its own flag - the one in the picture.

A view of Lincoln Cathedral from inside Lincoln Castle
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A tank called Daphne

It took just 141 days for Fosters of Lincoln to turn rough blueprints into a fully constructed battle machine. 

Eventually individual tanks would be named by their crews. 

Like ships many of them were given female names: for example, the tank in the Museum of Lincolnshire Life pictured below is called Daphne.

Tank
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Crowds settle down for performance at Lincoln Castle

Melvyn Prior (A.K.A the Mayor of Lincoln) addresses the crowd. He really is a true pro.

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Capacity crowd at Lincoln16

Estimates say about 3,000 people will watch tonight's performance of Green Fields Beyond - a production which has been more than two years in the making.

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'Mayor of Lincoln' meets the Mayor of Lincoln

You've been found out Melvyn.

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Some down time ahead of the big show

Some of the cast enjoy a bit of down time ahead of tonight's finale.

Cast of Green Fields Beyond
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That's it! We salute you

Two more volunteers in the BBC Radio Lincolnshire photo booth.

People in WWI costume
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Don't be camera shy - come and see us

If you are in the castle, get yourself along to the BBC Radio Lincolnshire photo booth, and smile.

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Queue stretching out for Lincoln16

For those who know Lincoln, the queue stretched from the castle entrance to the cathedral, and round the side to Eastgate.

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And we're live for Lincoln16 - listen here

Michael Hortin is broadcasting the event live on BBC Radio Lincolnshire (94.9fm), and eating pizza.

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Finding the best place to see performance

Some inside the castle appear to have found the ideal place to watch the performance .  

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Story time attracted a good audience

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

There's been quite an audience in St Benedicts Square watching the actors perform.

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Pokemon Go

I've told our reporter not to be playing Pokemon Go while covering #Lincoln16.

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How to make a queue go fast

BBC reporter Alex Rhodes is on queue patrol.

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Listen: How the tank's development was kept under wraps

The first design was deliberately falsely described as a water carrier for Mesopotamia to conceal its true purpose. 

The workers referred to them as "water tanks" or simply "tanks" and the name stuck.  

Hear how thedevelopment of the tankwas kept top secret...

Watch: Outdoor rehearsals

The planning and rehearsals have taken months but finally everything is ready for tonight's performance in Lincoln.

Procession greeted in Castle Square

Crowds gathered in Castle Square to see the finale of the procession.

Castle Square
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Parade in Lincoln draws crowd

Rachael Shaw tweeted to say she enjoyed the parade.

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Green Fields Beyond - the finale

You can watch a live stream of tonight's event on this page, or on BBC Radio Lincolnshire's Facebook page.

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