Events across Ely will make sure soldiers are never forgotten as the country commemorates 100 years since the end of WW1
PUBLISHED: 13:36 05 November 2018
A spectacular and moving Remembrance Sunday service, including a poppy fall from the lantern tower, is set to take place in Ely Cathedral to mark 100 yeas since the end of WW1.
The two minutes silence will this year be marked inside the cathedral as part of the service.
A further two minutes silence will be held while laying wreaths in the Market Square.
The chairman and committee of the City of Ely Branch Royal British Legion says everybody is welcome to join the service to commemorate the centenary of the armistice and honour the fallen.
There will also be a parade through the town, followed by the laying of wreaths and an act of remembrance in the Market Square by the War Memorial.
The Royal British Legion, City of Ely Military Band, standards and marching contingents will form up outside St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Street at 9.50am.
At 10am the parade will march from St Mary’s Church via Minster Place and The Gallery into Ely Cathedral.
This will be followed at 10.30am by The Remembrance Service in the Cathedral including a two minutes silence at 11am and spectacular poppy fall from the Lantern Tower.
At approximately 11.30am, the City of Ely Military Band, standards and marching contingents will parade from Ely Cathedral via The Gallery, Minster Place and High Street to the Market Place for the wreath laying service at the Ely War Memorial concluding with a further two minutes silence.
This will be followed at around 12.15 with the parade going past the War Memorial up High Street and back to the Market Place.
All leaders of marching contingents should contact the chairman to ensure he has a contact list to confirm arrangements in the event of bad weather like heavy rain.
All service members and veterans are invited to parade with the Royal British Legion. For those in wheelchairs or mobility scooters, who may require additional assistance, please contact David Martin, chairman City of Ely Branch of the Royal British Legion, Other Events Commemorating the Centenary of the Armistice
Other events in Ely include:
• Battle’s Over: A Nation’s Tribute 6.45pm on November 11 at St Mary’s Church in Ely
Beacon Lighting service as part of a national tribute, consisting of lighting 1,,000 beacons nationwide at 7pm to mark a century after the guns fell silent. The event will also commemorate the huge army of men and women on the home front who underpinned the war effort. The beacons symbolise the light of hope that emerged from the darkness of war. The Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, the Royal British Legion and other service association standards will be in attendance. The bells of St Mary’s will ring and the Town Crier give the cry for peace.
• Ely Museum on November 10 and 11 November there is free access to the Museum.
There will be a display of pictures, medals, insignia and biographies relating to local men who were involved in the fighting during the final year of the War and a pop up exhibition detailing the exploits of the local Cambridgeshire Regiment in 1918.
• Ely Library November 10 at 2pm, World War 1 Trench Art
Discovering art in the trenches with a talk to learn about and see examples of wartime art presented by Rob Law. These objects, made out of recycled war refuse such as shell casings, spent bullets or whatever came to hand, open a window to the past.
• Ely Library The Great War, Behind the Lines Exhibition ends November 12
There is an ongoing ‘The Great War, Behind the Lines’ Exhibition consisting of information on different aspects of the First World War.
• Ely Library Time for Healing on Novbember 10
A display of medical memorabilia from World War I period including nurses uniform, auxiliary hospitals, medals, letters, medical instruments. By Andrew Spooner
• Ely Library Time for Healing on Novbember 10
Recreation of a Great War Convalescent Hospital. Classworks Theatre are recreating a convalescent hospital during the war.
• Ely Cathedral
There is a display of knitted poppies laid at the font.
• St Mary’s Church
The gateway and arch of St Mary’s Church will be decorated with poppies some of which have been knitted by members of the congregation to symbolise the 244 names of the fallen on the War Memorial.
• Ely Cathedral There but not There’
Silhouettes of ‘Tommies’ are on display at Ely Cathedral and Ely War Memorial.
• The Maltings Journey’s End on November 8, 9 and 10
Ely Amateur Dramatic Society is putting on a production of R.C. Sherriff’s ‘Journey’s End’.
• Fireworks Displays on November 9 at 6pm
A family fireworks display hosted by Ely On Par Golf Course celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the End of the First World War The event begins at 6pm and fireworks starting at 8pm.