Fenland pays tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War

Wisbech Park WW1 Drumhead Service ANL-140408-083708009
Wisbech Park WW1 Drumhead Service ANL-140408-083708009

The men who gave their lives while serving their country in the First World War were remembered with a moving service.

Crowds of people turned out to Wisbech Park to mark the 100th anniversary of Britain joining the Great War during a special event on Sunday.

Wisbech Royal British Legion members organised an afternoon of entertainment which culminated in a poignant service to honour the sacrifice made by servicemen from town.

Branch chairman Bill Durrant said: “It went very well and we were pleased with the turnout.

“It was very poignant and a nice way to remember those who gave their lives in the First World War.”

Chatteris Town Band, the Clarkson Singers and trumpeter John Barker entertained the crowds during the afternoon.

At 4pm, drumheads were placed together to form an altar , which was how many services were conducted on the battlefields, for the remembrance service.

The Rev Alan Jesson, who is the chaplain for the Anglian Regiment, conducted the service.

A wreath was laid by town mayor Michael Hill.

Army, air and sea cadets took part along with the Girls Venture Corps.

St Augustine’s Church members sold handmade poppies and Macmillan Cancer Support held a stall on the day.

Members of the Women’s Section provided refreshments for the entertainers.

Mr Durrant said: “I would like to thank everyone who supported the service along with the entertainers, the Legion ladies and the town mayor.”

On Monday, the anniversary of Britain entering the war, Mr Durrant lit a candle at the town’s war memorial where two minutes silence was observed.

Members of the King’s Lynn Peace Organisation held a silent protest about war at the memorial on Monday night.