Remembrance celebration

The standards assemble before the Remembrance celebration on Friday evening.
The standards assemble before the Remembrance celebration on Friday evening.

Members of March branch of the Royal British Legion organised a Remembrance Celebration on Friday at the town’s St Peter’s Church.

This is the sixth year of the special event which started with a concert by the City of Ely Band playing war-time songs, followed by readings from Neale-Wade Community College students and William Evans read Crossing the Bar. This was followed by the laying of poppy wreaths and hymns were sung. Standard bearers attended from near and far along with Fenland mayors and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Freddie Grounds.

The evening raised just over £1,137 for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

People throughout Fenland towns and villages will be paying their respects to our fallen heroes from conflicts past and present as well as thinking about our current servicemen and women during Remembrance services on Sunday.

The Chatteris parade will muster at 2.35pm at Furrowfields on Sunday ready for 2.45pm wreath laying at the war memorial followed by a 3pm service at the Parish Church. This year the attendance is expected to include some Chelsea Pensioners.

At Wisbech, the parade assembles in the Market Place at 10.40am ready for 10.50am and a service at the war memorial with wreath laying and an 11.15am service in St Peter’s Church. After the service there will be refreshments in the church hall.

At March, the parade musters at 10am in Mill View car park, with an 11am service at St Peter’s Church followed by wreath laying at the memorial at 11.45am.

There are normally two parades at the March war memorial - one on Armistice Day and the other on the designated Remembrance Sunday but this year is just the one parade.

This year, due to building work at All Saints’ Church in Elm, there will be an Act of Remembrance at the village war memorial at 10.45am.