Poignant chance to remember fallen city soldiers

A poignant chance to remember fallen soldiers from Peterborough will be on offer at a special event in the city centre.

‘Naming the Men’ takes place in Cathedral Square on Friday 9 November and Saturday 10 November from 10am until 4pm on both days and will be led by Charron Pugsley-Hill, a First World War Commemoration Artist.

During the First World War, a total of 1,177 men and one woman from Peterborough died either in service or as a result of enemy action.

The event will see each of their names read aloud to ensure that each person is remembered as an individual who had family, friends and connections to the city.

Commemorative postcards will be handed out with the individual’s names on the cards as the name is read aloud in the square. Some fascinating stories from the conflict will also be shared.

Members of the public will be invited and encouraged to read aloud the names during the event, which will be attended by the Mayor of Peterborough and other dignitaries.

Charron Pugsley-Hill said: “The 1,178 people from Peterborough who died during the First World War represented a huge proportion of the city’s population, which only numbered around 30,000 at the time.

“These people may have relatives still living in the city and I think it is important to remember them as individuals who walked the streets of Peterborough just as we do today.

“Having laid poppies on many of the graves and memorials of Peterborough men in France and Belgium I felt that it was important to bring them all back home to their city and felt that by speaking aloud all their names they will be remembered.”

Councillor Chris Ash, the Mayor of Peterborough, said: “It is vitally important that we never forget the brave and dedicated men and women who have served in our Armed Forces.

“This event is a lovely way to remember those who served in the First World War and I invite everyone to come along and share this unique experience.”

On Sunday 11 November 2018, it will be exactly 100 years since the signing of the Armistice that led to the end of the First World War.

This year's Civic Armistice and Remembrance event takes place on Sunday 11 November, starting with a military parade along Bridge Street from 10.45am, a two minute silence at 11am and followed by a service in Peterborough Cathedral from 11.45am.

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