Visitors to step back in time and honour First World War heroes in Huntingdon

Huntingdon will commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War.

Huntingdon will commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War. - Credit: Archant

Soldiers will be camped out in Huntingdon as the town marks the 100th anniversary since the start of the First World War with some living history.

Taking place this weekend (September 27-28) at Riverside Meadows – between Riverside Park, Huntingdon, and Hartford church – the event will feature cavalry displays, a British solider encampment, music from the period, First World War medicine, children’s activities and much more.

The Living History Weekend has been organised by Huntingdon Town Council to not only commemorate the brave soldiers who fought for our country, but also to provide a bit of educational fun for all those who visit over the two days.

Both days kick off at 10.30am with some music in the encampment before the displays start in the area at 11am with a children’s drill.

One of the highlights is sure to be the horse display (noon-12.45pm) but there will also be displays by Russian, German and Austrian re-enactors and an England vs Germany football match at 2.30pm (with the hope it will not be yet another defeat in a penalty shoot-out).

The displays and activities in the soldiers’ camp will be repeated on the Sunday, along with the display of static model planes, and charity stalls.

Also taking place on Riverside Meadows on Saturday at 5.30pm (arrive by 5.15pm) is a sunset service with music from the RAF Wyton Voluntary Band, singing from the RAF Wyton Military Wives, hymns, stories of local soldiers and poetry.

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There will also be an opportunity for members of the public to lay a single flower in memory of those who served in the First World War.

INFORMATION: The weekend events are all free. Anyone arriving by car is advised to park at Riverside Car Park, Huntingdon, and allow 10 minutes to walk to the encampment and arena. For a full timetable, call 01480 410384.