Life on the homefront

During World War One many stately homes were offered to the war Office. The first was at Wrest Park in Silsoe in Bedfordshire.

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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


Life on the homefront

Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedfordshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

The first stately home to be offered to the war office was at Wrest Park in Silsoe in Bedfordshire

The owner, Lord Lucas was fighting. It was his sister Nan oversaw the entire operation and often the operations themselves.

The lady of the house became matron of the wards.

Lord Lucas
The owner Lord Lucas fought during the war Credit: ITV News Anglia

"When the house was turned into a hospital all the fine interiors were covered over with canvas, the chandeliers were bagged up, all the furniture was taken out and stored in the basement and then the hospital beds were brought in. It was a time when the social barriers were taken down. People who were never normally mix together or come into contact with each other, Aristocrats rubbing shoulders with soldiers and nurses."

– Andrew Hann, English Heritage
Wounded troops arriving in Bedfordshire
Life at the stately home during WW1

Brits urged to turn out the lights for WW1 centenary

Britons are being urged to turn their lights off for an hour tonight to mark the centenary of the First World War.

The 14-18 NOW Lights Out campaign hopes people will leave a single light on between 10 and 11pm to mark the exact hour when Britain declared war on Germany.

The Lights Out campaign wants people to leave on a single light or candle 'for this shared moment of reflection.'
The Lights Out campaign wants people to leave on a single light or candle 'for this shared moment of reflection.' Credit: 14-18NOW/Lights Out

But don't worry - the campaign's website says that light can be your TV, laptop or mobile phone.

Are you joining in the "moment of reflection"? Post your pictures on our Facebook page.

Teenager dies in tractor crash

A teenager has been killed in a crash after the tractor he was driving hit a bridge in Cambridgeshire.

The green Claas tractor crashed into the A1 flyover bridge in Rusts Lane at its junction with the B1043 in Alconbury on Friday afternoon.

19 year old Harry Christian-Allan from Everton died at the scene.

Police are appealing for witnesses.


"Lights Out" to honour our dead

Norwich Cathedral
Will you turn your lights out and light a candle? Credit: ITV News Anglia

Venues across the Anglia region will join in a nationwide event organised by 14-18NOW, called the "Lights Out" project.

We are all being asked to switch off our lights and leave just a single lamp or candle lit between 10 and 11 o'clock this evening. (Monday 4th August)

The Guildhall in Cambridge, The Higgins Bedford, The Forum in Norwich, Chelmsford Civic Centre and Cambridge's Guildhall are among those taking part.

Memorial services in honour of war dead

Memorial services will be held across our region to remember those who died in the FIrst World War.

One hundred years ago today Britian declared war on Germany and entered a conflict which led to the loss of millions of lives.

Almost 23,000 soldiers were lost from regiments in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex alone.

Peterborough cathedral
Services will take place to honour the war dead Credit: ITV News Anglia

A thousand men from Peterborough were killed in the war. A memorial service was held at the city cathedral last night to honour them.

Police appeal for help following assault

Detectives investigating a robbery in Westcliff would like to trace a member of the public who helped the victim following the assault.

On Thursday, July 17, at around 6.45 am, a 32-year-old man was found unconscious by a member of the public with facial injuries outside the Cliffs Pavilion theatre.

Ambulances crews took the man, who is from Scotland but was staying with friends, to Southend Hospital.

The victim doesn’t remember what happened to him - the first thing he knew about it was when he woke up in hospital. His mobile phone and Galaxy tablet was missing. I would like to speak to anyone who may have seen what happened. In particular I would like the member of the public who called the ambulance service to get in touch with me. The victim suffered some serious injuries as a result of what happened.”

– Dc Sam Boyd

Three injured after coach hits queue of cars

A man has been seriously injured after a coach collided with a queue of stationary traffic by the A47 in Norfolk.

It happened around 4pm on Saturday 2nd August on the A146 slip road to the A47 southern by-pass at Trowse.

A coach heading towards Great Yarmouth collided with the queuing traffic heading in the same direction. In total five vehicles were involved.

One man suffered serious life-changing injuries. Anther man and woman suffered cuts and bruising.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

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