St Neots groups hold First World War centenary remembrance service

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Sunday, August 10, 2014
4:00 PM

Communities across the St Neots area joined together to mark the centenary of the First World War.

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Local pupils, residents, and community groups, burying a timecapsule to commemorate 1914 on Samuel Jones Crescent, Little Paxton,  children (front l-r) Rowan, Mackie, Molly, Amy, Stephen, Hewitt, (back l-r) Leila, Alex.Local pupils, residents, and community groups, burying a timecapsule to commemorate 1914 on Samuel Jones Crescent, Little Paxton, children (front l-r) Rowan, Mackie, Molly, Amy, Stephen, Hewitt, (back l-r) Leila, Alex.

A service was held at St Mary’s Church in Eaton Socon on Sunday to remember those who served and lost their lives in the conflict.

It was organised by Stuart Allison, chairman of the Eaton Socon branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL), and assistant curate at the church Reverend Mark Newman, with support from the Eatons Community Association, the town’s air and army cadets, and scout groups.

A single round was also fired from an original Lee-Enfield rifle to signify the start of a two-minute silence at the war memorial on Great North Road.

Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hansard, said: “It was a lovely ceremony, which was well attended. Eaton Socon RBL did themselves proud.”

In addition, children from Little Paxton Primary School buried a time capsule – to be opened in 50 years – on a patch of land at Samuel Jones Crescent in the village, next to a commemorative plaque installed by the parish council.

CHS Group, which provides affordable homes in the area, worked with the school on the project to fill the capsule with pictures and stories of what they think life might be like in 100 years.

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