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Over the last few weeks Ampthill has remembered in style and created quite a stir. Please join us on Friday evening for the finale.
Join us on Friday, 16th November for the finale of Ampthill Armistice100. Enjoy our good friends the Ampthill Town Band play. Next, we hear new, illustrated stories of WWI Ampthill, and then adjourn to the bar to chat and see the fabulous, knitted poppies in a new light and an impressive Redborne Upper School display. Historian, John Hele will be on hand to sign copies of his book, Ampthill’s Fallen. Licensed bar.
Tickets £5. Available from Ampthill Town Council (01525-404355), Ampthill Park Hub Café, Ampthill Fireplaces, Cambridge Wines and Number Fourteen.
The final batch of tickets will be released at 7pm when the doors open. Starts at 7:30pm.
Join us for a guided walk (£3) by John Hele and Stephen Hartley to discover more about WWI Ampthill. Please gather for 2pm on Woburn Street at the end of The Alameda. The walk will finish in St. Andrew’s Churchyard by 4pm and in good time for the Christmas Lights switch-on at 5pm.
‘A Night to Remember’ ticket holders, Ampthill Town Band and children are welcome to attend the WWI Guided Walk for free.
11th November 1918 – news of the signing of the Armistice reached Ampthill about 10.20 a.m. and instantly the flags of bygone days made their appearance one by one, until the town presented a festive appearance. School children marched the street making music and singing patriotic songs. The church bells rang. There were mixed feelings of joy and sorrow in many hearts, especially those who had lost loved ones, but at the same time one and all were thanking that further sacrifice of life was now not necessary. Up to late hours the festive crowd occupied the market place, and the streets were alive with people. Several windows threw out the almost forgotten light – read more of the original newspaper report
A hundred years on, in 2018 the people of Ampthill came together with passion and in droves to mark the Armistice Centenary and remember in many ways.
Blessed with sun, Remembrance Sunday started with a huge, parade from the Ampthill Camp Memorial and down past Tommy’s Footprints to The Cenotaph where historian John Hele read out the names of Ampthill’s Fallen. Onwards through the Market Place which was dressed with flags and hundreds of vibrant, knitted poppies for an intimate service in the churchyard at St. Andrew’s where the Revd Canon Michael Trodden presided at his final Remembrance Sunday.
In the afternoon there was opportunity to follow Tommy’s Footprints and visit the graves of seven of Ampthill’s Fallen who are buried in a quiet corner of St. Andrew’s. The King’s Arms Garden was open for peace and reflection, and many came to see the thought-provoking works of art.
In the evening Tommy’s Footprints and the Ampthill’s Fallen cross were lit as hundreds gathered in Ampthill Great Park to light the poppy-red beacon as part of Battle’s Over. Bishop Richard read a touching ‘Tribute to the Millions.’ The crowd wend their way into the Market Place where The Ossory Pump poppy installation was beautifully under-lit; a hint of the church bells drifting through.
What a day! Thank you to everyone who made Ampthill Armistice100 their own. We marked the Armistice Centenary with passion and pride, and together we have remembered.