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Haverhill will have a varied line up of events and services to recognise the 100th year since the Armistice was signed to end WWI




A number of special events, as well as the established ones, are taking place in Haverhill as part of the town’s Armistice 100 commemoration.

From Friday, November 9, until Tuesday, November 13 (excluding Sunday), Haverhill Family History Group’s exhibition, ‘Haverhill in the Great War’ is being held at Haverhill Arts Centre’s Studio room.

The exhibition tells the stories of people who lived in and around Haverhill and details life at home and at the front.

It is open from 10am to 4pm from Friday to Monday and from 10am to midday on Tuesday.

At 7pm on Saturday, November 10, the Old Independent Church in Hamlet Road will play host to ‘Haverhill Remembers - Lest We Forget.’

respects are paid at Haverhill war memorial on Remembrance Day. Picture: Mark Bullimore
respects are paid at Haverhill war memorial on Remembrance Day. Picture: Mark Bullimore

Haverhill Family History Group will be joined by the Haverhill Silver Band, Haverhill Singers, Haverhill Operatic Society, Samuel Ward Academy Choir and other friends for an evening of words, music and song as they remember the Armistice and the contributions and sacrifices made during the Great War by the men of Haverhill, their families and friends who were left behind.

Thanks to support from Haverhill Town Council the concert is free.

Organisers have asked that those who wish to attend obtain tickets from the Haverhill Arts Centre box office on 01440 714140.

Alternatively if you contact haverhill@suffolkfhs.org.uk providing your name and the number of tickets required it will be possible to collect your order from the ‘pop up’ box office at the church on the evening.

Refreshments will be provided at the end of the performance in the Old Independent Church Hall.

On Monday, November 12, at 1.30pm the arts centre will be screening the WWI film, Journey’s End (cert 12A). Tickets are £5 from the arts centre.

At 7.30pm on Thursday, November 15, the arts centre is staging the one-man drama, ‘Meet Tommy Atkins.’

It tells the story, as told by himself, of Tommy Atkins, who managed to survive the entire war, including fighting at Ypres, Passchendaele and the Somme. Tickets from the arts centre cost £10.50 or £8.50.

The full programme for Remembrance Sunday is:

At 11am the Royal British Legion will hold a two minute silence at the war memorial.

At 2.15pm the parade starts in the arts centre car park , going down the High Street, Queen Street and Withersfield Road to the cemetery where the service will and wreath laying will take place.

After the service the parade will then march to St Mary’s Church for a thanksgiving service at 3.15pm, including hymns, WWI songs, poetry and prayers.

A mayoral message will be read at 6.50pm at St Mary’s Churchyard, followed by the Last Post being played, beacons of light being lit around the churchyard and the church bells ringing out for peace. The churchyard events are part of Battle’s Over - a Nation’s Tribute.



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