Remembrance commemorations’ were held over the weekend in Abbotsley to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

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On Saturday the villagers of Abbotsley came together to plant the 2,018 knitted and crocheted poppies on its village green.

People gathered in true community spirit to remember those from the village who died in the Great War.

It had also been discovered that t here of the tress on the green had been planted in memory of fourteen Abbotsley men who had given their lives during WW1 and the villagers unveiled a plaque to commemorate this.

Ruth Allanach, the instigator and coordinator of the project said: “It was a wonderful day. So many villagers turned out to see the poppies and to hear the speech given by Mick Donnelly who has been leading the research on the men who gave their lives. One of our most charismatic villagers, Simon Adlam read ‘In Flanders Fields’ and his grandson, Joshua Newman-Simon, played ‘The Last Post’ on trumpet. It was wonderful to see such a turn out and we hope many will come and see our memorial and take time out to reflect. However, it doesn’t end here. We will be continuing our research on both the Abbotsley men and women involved and will produce a report which we will share. “