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Remembrance Day gallery: Tributes paid in Cambridgeshire to those who sacrificed their lives in conflict

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The people of Cambridge and surrounding villages lined streets and flanked memorials to pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives in conflicts past and present.

Remembrance service at the war memorial, Hills Road, Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell. (21309893)
Remembrance service at the war memorial, Hills Road, Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell. (21309893)

More than a century on from the first remembrance, war veterans, churches and local councils along with the city’s residents and dignitaries, honoured the soldiers who gave their lives in both world wars and various conflicts since.

Numerous events were held across the county in which the occasions were marked with hymns, parades and silence.

At the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, the annual Remembrance Day service was held at the home of the Airborne Assault Museum. Entry to Duxford on the day was also free and there was a special poppy drop following the service.

Various councils along with local dignitaries laid wreaths at the many memorials dedicated to the fallen across the county.

A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire County Council said: “We laid a wreath to remember all the fallen, but particularly employees of the County Council who died in either the First or Second World Wars and all those who served in modern conflicts.”

A 10-year-old from Cambridgeshire was moved to write a poem to mark the day and to those who lost their lives lost in conflicts throughout history. Kiera-lei Govier's poem, written from the outlook of a soldier on the front line in battle, scooped The Bellbird Primary School's competition. Her work is now destined to be displayed in the new Salvation Army shop which is opening in Sawston.

The Salvation Army’s own service in Cambridge included the attendance of a 95-year-old DDay veteran who parachuted into Normandy.

Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner took time out from his general election duties to pay tribute to the fallen at the Cambridge war memorial.

He said: “It was a privilege to lay a wreath at the Cambridge Remembrance Day event.

“We remember all those who gave their lives and say peace, tolerance and reconciliation is what we strive for.”

More than 60 events were held across Cambridge University and on November 11, the colleges held a two-minute silence in ceremonies that gave all members of the college communities the chance to remember those who gave their lives for them.

Cambridge United held a minute's silence before their FA Cup first round tie against Exeter on Saturday afternoon (November 9) which ended 1-1.

Cambridge Regional College joined the nation in a two-minute silence on Monday.

A spokesperson said: “This year we’re joining the nation to pause, mute our phones, close our laptops for two minutes to pay our respects.”

There were also special events to mark Remembrance Day at Chesterton; Cottenham; Ely Cathedral, which saw the 10.30am service attended by the public, members of the armed forces and veterans; Fulbourn; Great Shelford; Harston; Hauxton; Histon and Impington; Sawston; West Wickham; West Wratting and Weston Colville and Whittlesford.

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