Wisbech Royal British Legion commemorates First World War

Wisbech will be honouring in August the men who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War .

The town’s Royal British Legion branch has organised an afternoon of entertainment and reflection which will culminate in a moving service on Sunday, August 3, to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of The Great War.

Veterans are hoping that people of all ages will turn out to support the event around Wisbech Park Bandstand.

Branch vice-chairman Terry Van-Santen said: “I would like people to think of the millions and millions of young men who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Communities were devastated and families broken up during the war.

“We all owe them our respect so please join us in this commemorative service. There will be a period of celebrating their lives during the afternoon.”

The Legion, which is for the first time entering a float in the Rose Fair, has organised for Chatteris Town Band along with the Clarkson Singers to perform during the afternoon.

Families are also urged to bring along picnics and cadet units are supporting the event.

At 4pm, drums will be used to form an altar for a moving service. Standards from branches across Cambridgeshire and Norfolk are hoped to be there.

n The branch is also looking for a volunteer poppy appeal co-ordinator. Duties include putting together the collection point rota.

Anyone who is interested in the post should call chairman Bill Durrant on 07765642311 or Terry Van-Santen on 01945 588343.