Potters Bar residents are set to remember a ‘decisive’ moment in the First World War when a German zeppelin was shot down over the town.

A memorial event in Oakmere Park on Saturday (October 1) will mark 100 years since the Luftschiffe 31 aircraft was brought down by British air forces.

Remains of the ship will be on display and attendees can learn the stories of the airship’s commander Heinrich Mathy and 2nd Lieutenant Wulstan Joseph Tempest, who shot it down.

A replica of Lt Tempest’s BE-2c fighter plane will fly past and wreaths will be laid in memory of the 19 German crewmen killed in the crash.

Hertsmere Mayor Pete Rutledge said: “While 100 years on, there is very little evidence of the crash, it was a decisive moment in our nation’s history and one that continues to shape our lives.

“We’re delighted that we are able to commemorate this event, through our partnership work with Hertsmere Leisure, Potters Bar Museum, Friends of Potters Bar Parks and other local volunteers.”

The memorial event will begin at 11am and the wreath laying will commence at midday.

Historical ‘zeppelin walks’ will also be hosted this week, starting at the Old Manor Pub at 2.30pm tomorrow (Wednesday, September 28) and 11am on Saturday (October 1).