Church bells tribute to village’s war dead

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The bells of a parish church will ring a rare quarter peal next month as a tribute to 80 villagers who died in the First World War.

The six bells at St Martin’s Church in Exning, will rung continuously for 45 minutes from 6pm on Sunday August 3, the day before the 100th anniversary of the start of the conflict.

After the peal the church will host a special commemorative evening in conjunction with the Exning branch of the Royal British legion which will include poems by the famous war poets, music by the Newmarket Town Band and some songs of from the trenches.

Also on display will be the illuminated Rolls of Honour which show all those from Exning who enlisted in the conflict, detailing where they lived and the service or regiment in which they served.

Doors open at 6.30pm. Entry is free but there will be an opportunity to donate to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.