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A blanket of hand-crafted poppies created by Peterborough artist Charron Pugsley-Hill was laid at the war memorial.
The blanket consists of 49 felt poppies made by Peterborough women, each poppy representing a year of Edith Cavell's life.
It also has a centrepiece design of Britain, Belgium and the sea that contains words and symbols associated with her remarkable life.
Among the words are the name of the Peterborough School she attended, Laurel Court.
The blanket's designer Charron Pugsley-Hill wanted to raise awareness about Edith Cavell's life in the Peterborough community.
A gun salute has been held in Peterborough to commemorate the execution of British nurse Edith Cavell.
Edith Cavell, who was born in Norfolk and went to school in Peterborough, was executed by German forces on 12th October 1915. She had been working as a nurse in occupied Belgium during the First World War, and helping allied soldiers to escape.
When the German forces discovered what she had been doing, she was tried for treason and executed. She was still wearing her nurse's uniform the morning she was shot.
Edith Cavell's death attracted worldwide condemnation, and Revd Canon Bruce Ruddock at Peterborough Cathedral told ITV News her courage still inspires people today.
A two minute silence has been held in Peterborough for Norfolk's World War One nurse Edith Cavell at 7am on Monday.
She was executed for helping allied soldiers in German occupied Brussels in 1915.
At 7 o'clock there was a silence at Peterborough Cathedral, a procession was then held at the nearby War Memorial for a service. There will be a gun salute to commemorate the centenary of her death.
Edith Cavell went to school in Peterborough.
More than a hundred people attended a service at the graveside of Edith Cavell at Norwich cathedral today.
A procession, which included nurses dressed in World War One uniforms, made its way to the final resting place of the woman who was executed by the Germans 100 years ago.
Cavell, who was born in Norfolk, helped 200 Allied soldiers escape occupied Belgium and was killed by firing squad for it.
Events are taking place in Peterborough today to mark the centenary of one of its First World War heroines
Edith Cavell was a nurse who helped allied soldiers to escape from German occupied Brussels. She was executed in 1915 by firing squad.
She attended Laurel Court School in Peterborough Cathedral Precincts as a teenager. For the next three days events will be going on at the Cathedral and Museum in her honour, and there will be a service of thanksgiving this weekend
Exactly 100 years to the day since Edith Cavell's execution, on Monday 12th October at 7.00am, a two minute silence will be observed in the Cathedral.
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A sculpture of the First World War nurse Edith Cavell has been unveiled in Belgium as part of events marking 100 years since her execution.
A 2 minute silence has been held at Peterborough Cathedral at 7am, the time First World War nurse Edith Cavell was executed 100 years ago