United in remembrance
REMEMBRANCE Sunday, coinciding this year with Armistice Day, was marked across the district by the Royal British Legion, the armed services and civilian groups. Services took place in Huntingdon, Kimbolton, Ramsey, St Ives, St Neots and Warboys. In Huntin
REMEMBRANCE Sunday, coinciding this year with Armistice Day, was marked across the district by the Royal British Legion, the armed services and civilian groups.
Services took place in Huntingdon, Kimbolton, Ramsey, St Ives, St Neots and Warboys.
In Huntingdon the service was attended by dignitaries including the MP for Huntingdon, Jonathan Djanogly, in Kimbolton the founder of Kimbolton Fireworks, the Reverend Ron Lancaster gave the sermon at St Andrew's Church and in Ramsey, Una Morris, who worked in intelligence during the war, laid a wreath for the Royal Air Force Association.
Mrs Morris wore medals, including the Distinguished Flying Medal, awarded to her late husband David, a navigator who was shot down twice.
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Mr Morris died eight years ago on Remembrance Sunday, poignantly at around 11 in the morning.
Next year will mark the 90th anniversary of Armistice Day, the day when the Armistice was signed at the end of the First World War at 11am on November 11, 1918.
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To mark the event David Poile MBE, who works in the Cambridgeshire police control room at Hinchingbrooke, is organising commemorative trips to the battlefields.
The trips have been organised to cover costs only and will not make a profit. A coach will leave Cambridgeshire police headquarters on Sunday, November 9, 2008. It will travel to Dover and on to a hotel in Belgium or France. The cost for the four days includes three nights' bed and breakfast accommodation.
The tour will visit First World War sites and the ceremonies that will be taking place to mark the historical event.
Mr Poile was given an MBE after organising the Little Gransden Air Show for the past 15 years. Proceeds go to BBC Children in Need and on Children in Need Day this Friday (November 16) Mr Poile and British aerobatic champion, Mark Jefferies (owner of Little Gransden Airfield), will present a cheque for £17,175 as part of BBC Look East's programme. This is the most the air show has ever raised.
INFORMATION: The cost of the four-day trip to First World War battlefields will be £299 on the basis of two people sharing, otherwise, there will be a single person supplement of £78. For further information or to book your place, contact Dave Poile on 07730091132.