Visitors to travel thousands of miles to join commemorations

Artist Daniel Woods painting the memorial

Artist Daniel Woods painting the memorial - Credit: Archant

A group of residents from Godmanchester have joined together to host a series of events and displays to commemorate the end of the First World War.

Godmanchester remembers

Godmanchester remembers - Credit: Archant

The Godmanchester Remembers group has been encouraging townsfolk to create individual displays, which form a poppy walk people can travel along and use an interactive map to guide them.

In addition to the displays, two family members of soldiers who died in the Great War from Godmanchester, are visiting the town to take part in the remembrance commemorations.

Ellis and William Gibbins were both from Godmanchester and fought in the First World War and their great nieces, Carole and Linda, are visiting on Saturday and Sunday to remember their sacrifice.

The two saw posts from the Godmanchester Remembers group on Facebook and wanted to fly to the UK from Michigan, USA, to attend services and celebrate the lives of their relatives. The pair are also set to meet with a relative of theirs who still lives in Huntingdonshire and who is also related to Ellis and William through their brother, John William, who also fought in the Great War.

Artist Daniel Woods at the Godmanchester Remembers memorial

Artist Daniel Woods at the Godmanchester Remembers memorial - Credit: Archant

Members of the community have also decorated their houses with poppy displays as well as information about family members they are remembering throughout the weekend.

Karen Pauley, organiser of Godmanchester Remembers, said: “I created Godmanchester Remembers back in 2016 when we commemorated 14 men from the town who died at the Battle of the Somme. In 2017, we added another 14 who died at Passchendaele and Arras. This year, all 77 men from Godmanchester who died during the Great War will be commemorated.”

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There is also a community display on the causeway side of the town hall, made from bottle bottom poppies, a 1918 display in St Mary’s Church and a Remembrance Wall at Judith’s Field created by artist Daniel Woods

Karen said: “Over the past few years our displays have been the inspiration for a number of the displays popping up locally and further afield and I was contacted by Great Paxton, Sawtry and Aldridge in the West Midlands.”