A cascade of poppies planned for town’s commemorations

Thinking Soldier memorial covered with wreaths following Huntingdon's service of remembrance

Thinking Soldier memorial covered with wreaths following Huntingdon's service of remembrance - Credit: Archant

Poppies will cascade from Huntingdon Town Hall and church bells will toll on Sunday as the town gathers to mark the centenary of Armistice Day.

The Huntingdon and District branch of the Royal British Legion has joined with Huntingdon Town Council and All Saints Church in preparation for this Sunday’s services, which begin from 10.30am.

The RAF Wyton Area Voluntary Band will lead a parade starting at Malthouse Close and ending at the Market Square, with personnel from RAF Wyton and the United States Air Force also due to take part.

The service of remembrance will take place at 11am, during which it is planned for poppies to cascade from the town hall while the church bells toll.

There is also set to be beacon lighting services in both Huntingdon’s Market Square and in Castle Hill at 7pm, to coincide with a national lighting event.

The Huntingdon and District branch is commemorating 139 serviceman from the town who died in the First World War.

In the run up to Sunday’s services, the Commemoration Hall in Huntingdon is set to reopen and its first production will mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

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Having been closed for refurbishment for the last 18 months, the venue has reopened to host a major theatre production and festival of remembrance.

A cast of 50 from across the community are staging the iconic British show Oh What a Lovely War.

The play tells the story of the British involvement in the Great War, incorporating many of the classic songs of the period.

The evening will culminate each night with a festival of remembrance to commemorate the men of Huntingdon who died in the conflict between 1914 and 1918.

Originally developed as a workshop piece of theatre by legendry theatre practitioner, Joan Littlewood at the Theatre Royal in Stratford, East London, the play has become a classic in the history of 20th century British theatre.

It takes an often humorous but critical look at the role of Britain in the conflict and draws out the horrors faced by British soldiers.

The Commemoration Hall has been painted inside for the event and is being prepared to open its doors at 7pm each night from November 7-9. The event is supporting a variety of charities and tickets are on sale from the Huntingdonshire Volunteers Centre in the town centre or online at: www.owalw-huntingdon.co.uk.