As the nation centred on the Whitehall Cenotaph, all across Huntingdonshire in the major towns and villages local residents gathered around their local war memorials to honour the fallen of two world wars and the many later conflicts leading up to the present day. Huntingdon Community Radio maintained radio silence for the traditional 2 minutes at 11am along with other media providers.
In our “Over to You” programme with Nicola Rule on Thursday night, Godmanchester resident, Karen Pauley, shared with our listeners about a project which she founded last year via facebook called ‘Godmanchester Remembers’. The project produced silhouettes of each of the WW1 soldiers named on the town’s war memorial and researched their connections with present day locations and families. Displays were laid out in many front gardens where tributes to each soldier were set out detailing what research had revealed about them.
The group met in the Comrades Club on Saturday to show how their research had revealed some details which even some of the families of these men were unaware.
On Sunday in the Black Bull pub in Godmanchester, adjacent to the War Memorial, a photographic exhibition entitled “What Remembrance Means to Me” was open after the service at the War Memorial which took place 10.50am. The Mayor and councillors together with veterans and family members were present and laid commemoration wreaths at the foot of the stone.
In Huntingdon Town, residents, military representatives and councillors also paid their respects, laying wreaths at the foot of the “Thinking Soldier” war memorial in Huntingdon Market Square.