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Exning Commemorates Armistice 100



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Exning commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice in a number of ways prior to and over the weekend 10th and 11th November.  

Suffolk Remembers was an initiative promoted by the Royal British Legion where children throughout the County visit and placed poppies on the war graves of the fallen from WW1. Children from Exning Primary School visited the Old Cemetery, where there are 12 such graves, on the 8th November at 10 30 am. There was a short act of Remembrance before the poppies are placed the graves.

“Exning Commemorates Armistice 1918” This was an evening of illustrated words (see below) and music to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and to remember the 80 villagers who lost their lives during that conflict. Taking part were the Newmarket Town Band and Newmarket Community Choir.

This event was preceded by a presentation to the Suffolk Records Office of the books created at the Exning Enlistment Re-enactment which took place in 2014 where people walked from the homes of Exning men who served in WW1 to the school and signed against the names of those they represented.

Remembrance Sunday

The annual ceremony at the War Memorial started at 1050 on Sunday 11th November. During the short service wreaths were laid, the Last Post and Reveille were sounded. Standard Bearers from the Royal British Legion were in attendance along with a Standard Bearer from the newly formed Beaver Group. The ceremony was supported by members of the town Band. Apart from the official wreaths being laid children from Stepping Stones pre-School and Exning Primary School also laid wreaths.

A Service of Remembrance took place in St Martin’s Church immediately following the event at the War Memorial. Standards were laid on the altar and a wreath laid at the War Memorial. Music for the service was provided by the Town Band.

Between 4 and 5pm the Church bells were rung un-muffled in celebration of the anniversary of the Armistice 100 years ago. Whilst that was taking place a beacon was lit marking this significant anniversary.

“Exning Commemorates Armistice 1918”  – The Script

“Exning Commemorates Armistice 1918”  – The Slides