An international symbol of peace passed through Huntingdonshire this month.

The Bethlehem Peace Candle was at the Grace Fellowship Church, Little Stukeley, last Monday (December 15).

Its flame was lit in Israel and has been across the world, passing through Scandinavia on its way to the UK.

People were invited to mark its arrival at a service, attended by scouts and guides from RAF Alconbury, who were official hosts of the candle. Church secretary Penelope Bourne said: “It went extremely well and we had about 110 people. Each child lit a candle from the peace candle.

“We had a great time afterwards, with hot chocolate and cookies.” Jelly babies were also given out as they were originally marketed as 'peace babies' by Bassett's to mark the end of the First World War. The peace candle was due to make its way north through England before heading to Ireland.