Hundreds line the streets of Ely for Remembrance Day service

Ely Remembrance Sunday 2016

Ely Remembrance Sunday 2016 - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people packed the streets of Ely on Sunday as part of the city’s Remembrance Day service.

Ely Remembrance Sunday 2016

Ely Remembrance Sunday 2016 - Credit: Archant

A cathedral service, which began at 10.30am, saw a number of wreaths laid and a sermon given before a parade marched through Market Place.

Mayor of Ely, Councillor Ian Lindsay, said: “It was a very poignant and important day in the life of the city.

“It was a very moving, well organised occasion and we were blessed with beautiful weather.”

David Martin, chairman of the Ely branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “It was a very good turnout. The weather was great, which brought out some great crowds.

Ely Remembrance Sunday 2016

Ely Remembrance Sunday 2016 - Credit: Archant


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“I think it was a one of the biggest we’ve had for a few years.”

President of the Ely RBL read out 42 names of people in the district who died in World War One.

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Jack Dunham, of the Ely branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “I think we packed the cathedral.

“Members of the Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps, a representative for RAF Mildenhall and another for RAF Wittering attended as well as the police, fire and ambulance forces and Ely City First Responders.

East Cambs District Councillor Mike Rouse was among those at the parade and in Ely Cathedral.

He said: “The cathedral was very well attended as always and Canon Victoria Johnson gave a very moving ceremony.

“During a sermon about Harry Patch, the last survivor of the First World War who died in 2009, Canon Johnson spoke about how in silence we may find peace.”

The parade in the Market Place - which saw Ely Military Band perform and Jane Lewin Smith, Vice Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, give the salute - had a “very good turnout,” Cllr Rouse added.

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