Remembrance 2018: North Herts marks centenary of WWI Armistice

PUBLISHED: 10:33 13 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:08 13 November 2018

Cubs, Scouts and Rainbows joined in the Remembrance Service in St Ippolyts. Picture: Lawrence Foster

Cubs, Scouts and Rainbows joined in the Remembrance Service in St Ippolyts. Picture: Lawrence Foster

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North Herts residents flocked to Remembrance Sunday services across Baldock, Hitchin, Letchworth and beyond, marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Hundreds turned out for Letchworth's Remembrance Service at the town's war memorial. Picture: Mike ButcherHundreds turned out for Letchworth's Remembrance Service at the town's war memorial. Picture: Mike Butcher

In Letchworth, residents gathered around the town’s war memorial in Station Place. At 11am, Angel Wings doves were released – coinciding with the two-minute silence to remember those who were lost and for future peace.

Letchworth event co-ordinator Di Adkins said: “There was a fantastic turn out for the centenary Remembrance Sunday service, more than ever before.

White doves were released following Letchworth's Remembrance Service to represent those who had fallen in the First World War. Picture: Di AdkinsWhite doves were released following Letchworth's Remembrance Service to represent those who had fallen in the First World War. Picture: Di Adkins

“The sunshine was an added bonus, along with the beautiful sight of the doves of peace being released to remember all those who have been lost.”

Baldock hosted a commemorative service on Saturday with local churches and the Baldock branch of the Royal British Legion to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice.

Hundreds turned out for Letchworth's Remembrance Service at the town's war memorial. Picture: Mike ButcherHundreds turned out for Letchworth's Remembrance Service at the town's war memorial. Picture: Mike Butcher

Sunday’s service was held at the Baldock War Memorial in High Street. Following the two-minute silence, the church bells at St Mary’s were rung by Knights Templar students past and present.

In Hitchin, the town centre service – which was lead by Canon Michael Roden – was screened live in Market Place, along with the one held at the London Cenotaph.

Scouts, Cadets, Brownies and more gathered at the Baldock War Memorial on Sunday. Picture: Jenny ThomasScouts, Cadets, Brownies and more gathered at the Baldock War Memorial on Sunday. Picture: Jenny Thomas

During the remembrance service the names of the Hitchin men who died during the war were read out. This was followed by a one-hour children’s art project.

A service was also held at St Faith’s Church in Woolgrove Road.

Baldock residents marked the 100th anniversary since the end of the First World War on Remembrance Sunday. Picture: Jenny ThomasBaldock residents marked the 100th anniversary since the end of the First World War on Remembrance Sunday. Picture: Jenny Thomas

In St Ippolyts, the service was lead by Rev Ginni Dear and featured readings and prayers by the 4th Hitchin and St Ippolyts cubs.

Cubs, Rainbows and Brownies all attended in uniform and after a service aimed at children, the congregation processed outside to the village war memorial.

Scouts, Cadets, Brownies and more gathered at the Baldock War Memorial on Sunday. Picture: Jenny ThomasScouts, Cadets, Brownies and more gathered at the Baldock War Memorial on Sunday. Picture: Jenny Thomas

The Last Post and a minute’s silence was observed by the children and they laid their poppies one by one at the base of the memorial.

This was watched by the eldest resident of the village, aged 97, who fought in the Second World War himself.

Wreaths were laid in memory of Baldock fallen soldiers. Picture: Jenny ThomasWreaths were laid in memory of Baldock fallen soldiers. Picture: Jenny Thomas

All Saints Church in St Paul’s Walden celebrated and remembered the sacrifices made by a previous generation with four services.

Bugler and Standard Bearer Tim Hobman – who has a long association with All Saints’ as a choir boy and musician as well as be a member of the local branch of the Royal British Legion – took part at the 11am service at All Saints’ and at the war memorial as he has for many years.

Baldock residents marked the 100th anniversary of the First World War armistice. Picture: Jenny ThomasBaldock residents marked the 100th anniversary of the First World War armistice. Picture: Jenny Thomas

Baldock's Royal British Legion organised the Remebrance service at the town's War Memorial. Picture: Jenny ThomasBaldock's Royal British Legion organised the Remebrance service at the town's War Memorial. Picture: Jenny Thomas

Residents turned out to the Baldock War Memorial on Sunday to mark the 100th anniversay of the end of the First World War. Picture: Jenny ThomasResidents turned out to the Baldock War Memorial on Sunday to mark the 100th anniversay of the end of the First World War. Picture: Jenny Thomas

Wreaths were laid in memory of Baldock fallen soldiers. Picture: Jenny ThomasWreaths were laid in memory of Baldock fallen soldiers. Picture: Jenny Thomas

Hitchin's Remebrance Parade. Picture: Ingrida LatovinieneHitchin's Remebrance Parade. Picture: Ingrida Latoviniene

Hitchin's Remebrance Parade. Picture: Ingrida LatovinieneHitchin's Remebrance Parade. Picture: Ingrida Latoviniene

Hitchin's Remebrance Parade. Picture: Ingrida LatovinieneHitchin's Remebrance Parade. Picture: Ingrida Latoviniene

Hitchin's Remebrance Parade. Picture: Ingrida LatovinieneHitchin's Remebrance Parade. Picture: Ingrida Latoviniene

St Faith's Church in Hitchin also held a Remembrance Service on Sunday. Picture: Alan MillardSt Faith's Church in Hitchin also held a Remembrance Service on Sunday. Picture: Alan Millard

St Faith's Church in Hitchin also held a Remembrance Service on Sunday. Picture: Alan MillardSt Faith's Church in Hitchin also held a Remembrance Service on Sunday. Picture: Alan Millard

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