Soham to remember Great War

Soham will be marking the one hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War with a special event this summer.

The Lest We Forget commemoration on August 3, being organised by Soham town councillor Glenn Woodbridge, will involve a parade and re-enactments and a display of artefacts and old uniforms reflecting what Soham was like in August 1914.

He has already received a contribution of £1,000 from Sanctuary Hereward Housing Association to provide free war time-style teas.

“It will be as authentic as we can make it,” said Cllr Woodbridge. “It will be an insight into how things were for people during the war. It is a learning event held in a fun way.”

A parade to the war memorial to lay wreaths will start the event at 11am, followed by a drum-led service at the wreck.

The day’s events include a re-enactment of life in the trenches, war-time singers. a battle at the skate park, a conscientious objector, and women dressed as suffragettes.

The Cambridgeshire Regiment will be bringing uniforms and a 15-year-old boy will be dressed as a solider to show people how mature they could look and how easily they could be confused for being old enough to fight.

“It is a chance to say something, to show our gratitude for what people might have suffered during that time,” said Cllr Woodbridge. “Not only from the soldiers’ perspective but from people at home because they suffered too by losing loved ones and the changes to their lives.”

Anyone who has any Soham-related documents, photographs or artefacts that can be copied for display on the day should contact Cllr Woodbridge on 07825215424.