Officials at the St Ives (Hunts) branch of the Royal British Legion say this year’s First World War commemorations have been their biggest and busiest to date.
Branch member Mike Robinson said the last of the legion’s ‘Every Man Remembered’ campaign, which saw services held for all 179 serviceman who died in the Great War from the branch’s area, was completed just last month, following years of research and organisation.
Now, with the centenary of Armistice Day this weekend, the legion has been involved in several events being held on Saturday and Sunday to mark the occasion.
Events begin on Saturday with a sold-out party organised by the branch and St Ives (Hunts) Women’s Section, taking place at the Ivy Leaf Club.
On Sunday, a remembrance parade will begin at 10.20am at Waitrose car park before making its way to the town square, in Market Hill. The parade will include serving personnel from 42 Engineer Regiment, from RAF Wyton. A service will begin at 10.40am.
The Women’s Section has also been hard at work creating 4,000 replica poppies, which currently adorn the town hall and will remain in place throughout remembrance weekend.
Later on Sunday, Floods Tavern, in The Broadway, will be hosting live music, with the pub already sporting a special mural to mark the occasion.
From 2-3pm on Sunday, the Methodist church will be hosting the launch of a book on Miles Jeffery Day, a war time poet from St Ives. The event will include recitals and all are welcome.
At 2.30pm on Sunday, a ‘Battle’s Over’ tea dance is being hosted at the St Ives Corn Exchange. Tickets are £5 and are available on the door.
At 5.30pm on Sunday there will be a ‘Service for Peace’ in the parish church, while songs from both world wars will be performed in the chapel on the bridge.
The Last Post will be sounded at 6.55pm on Sunday at the parish church before a beacon lighting takes place.
Bells will ring out for peace at 7.05pm before the St Ives Free Church plays host to the Huntingdon Big Band at 7.30pm. All proceeds from the concert will go to the Royal British Legion.
Through the weekend, from 12-4pm, a Huntingdonshire Remembers exhibition is being hosted at the Norris Museum, in St Ives.