World War One Centenary

Memorial services are being held across our region to remember those who died in the First World War

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Lights out across the East as World War One heroes are remembered

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge view the Tower of London's 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red'. Credit: PA

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been planting poppies in London today as events continue commemorating the centenary of Britain's involvement in the First World War.

A procession took place through Cambridge last night ahead of the extinguishing of lights in the city's Guildhall.

A procession took place through Cambridge. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It was a similar story across the region as thousands of people switched off their lights at 10pm.

Inspiration for the symbolic act was drawn from the words of the wartime Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey.

A vigil takes place at the foot of the war memorial in Sheringham, Norfolk, last night. Credit: Rob Henry

He said 100 years ago that "the lamps are going out all over Europe."

Remembering those who fell during WW1

Remembering those who fought and died during WW1. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Memorial services have taken place across the region to remember those who fought and died the First World War.

In the east of the region alone nearly 24,000 were killed in county Regiments between 1914 and 1918.

According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission the figure in Essex was 9,410.

In Suffolk 7,145 men laid down their lives.

The Norfolk Regiment saw 6,333 killed.

While in Cambridgeshire the figure was 876.

Russell Hookey reports below on the memorial services that took place in the west of the Anglia region.


Bedfordshire at war: Tales from the home front

Bringing tales from soldiers in Bedfordshire to life Credit: Hugh Bryne

To commemorate the centenary of the First World War, Bedfordshire Council’s Archive Service; will be telling the story of the people of Bedfordshire during the First World War in two new online series.

From Monday August 4th, daily reports will be posted exactly 100 years after the events they record.

The first blog will look at individuals and events across the County of Bedfordshire through newspaper style reports.

The second blog will narrate the reality of the soldiers’ war, with daily reports from the Front Line in the style of a modern war correspondent.

The blog will be published each day at 7 am and will run until 11th November 2018.

Wardown Park Museum with convalescent soldiers and staff. Credit: Hugh Byrne, Shop 33 and SNAP

"The information held by the Bedfordshire and Luton Archive and Records Service is an invaluable resource for showing what life was like during the First World War. These blogs will highlight what life was like on the front line as well as the struggles faced by those back at home. Bringing this material to a blog will open up these stories to new audiences.”

– Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson,

Marking the centenary of WW1

One of the many memorial services to remember our war dead was here in Peterborough.

The scene at the Peterborough war memorial Credit: ITV News Anglia

Veterans had been working with Peterborough City Council to plan the commemoration, which included a civic service at the war memorial on Bridge Street. There was also a typical 1914s evening on Cathedral Square to recreate the moment in Peterborough when residents learned that Britain had joined the war.

Wreaths were laid in honour of the dead Credit: ITV
Paying their respects Credit: ITV News Anglia
The ceremony taking place in Peterborough Credit: ITV News Anglia

Crowds gather to mark centenary of WW1

The ceremony about to start Credit: ITV News Anglia

Memorial services are taking place across the region to remember those who died during the First World War.

It's exactly one hundred years to the day since Britain declared war on Germany.

In Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk a procession was held from the Athenaeum up Angel Hill for a service at 11am at the Angel Hill war memorial.

It was attended by the Mayor of Bury, members of the Royal British Legion and local military representatives from RAF Honington and Mildenhall.

Bury St Edmunds Credit: ITV News Anglia
The town falls silent to mark the cenetary Credit: ITV News Anglia
Remembering our war dead Credit: ITV News Anglia


Remembering the fallen

Lyn Hatch is raising money for the Royal British Legion Credit: Lyn Hatch

Lyn Hatch is raising money for the Royal British Legion.

She is cycling 100 miles and laying wreaths at war memorials along the way.

This is Lyn at the memorial in Alysham in Norfolk.

Region prepares to remember

A bridge decorated in Cambridgeshire Credit: Symon Reynolds

The region is preparing to mark the Centenary of the First World War today.

These pictures were sent in by ITV Anglia viewer Symon Reynolds of a bridge in Cambridge decorated for the occasion.

Marking the centenary Credit: Symon Reynolds
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