RBL Riders set to receive Freedom of Wisbech for special WW1 project

RBL Riders set for wisbech honour

RBL Riders set for wisbech honour - Credit: Archant

Organisers of a project to remember all the Cambridgeshire fallen from the WW1 are to be honoured by Wisbech Town Council.

Eleven riders with the Royal British Legion ‘Cambridgeshire 876 Remembered’ project will be given the Freedom of Wisbech.

The riders aim to visit as many war graves and memorials of those killed during the Great War from this area as practical and are planning a trip to Belgium over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Wisbech councillors voted unanimously to bestow the honour of Freeman on: Chris Green, Gary Fisher, Samantha Fisher, Roger Hutchcraft, Nick Simms, Jason Cooke, Sue Cooke, Karl Harvey, Amanda Finch, Keith Wainwright and Glenn Green.

It is in recognition of their work on many events within the local community but especially for their commitment to this seven-year long project. If you wish to know more about our project, please visit our web site www.cambs876remembered.com

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The date and details for the formal presentation are yet to be announced.

Glenn Green said: “We were completely surprised and stunned to be told by the Mayor of Wisbech, Councillor Michael Hill, about this award but are immensely proud to be chosen for such a prestigious and rare honour. Furthermore, we, the project team would like to extend our gratitude to all of you and your groups/organisations for supporting us so wonderfully at each of our services to date. Clearly we could have just turned up with a couple of bikes and quietly planted a cross but your involvement has raised the events to a whole new and honourable level, befitting the sacrifices made by our officers and men.

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The riders next local events are on Saturday May 23 at Wisbech Cemetery in Mount Pleasant Road to honour Privates Sebar, Walker and Kitchen of the 1st Battalion Cambridgeshire Regiment.

With assembly at 10.30am. After the service, all are invited to St Augustine’s Church, Lynn Road for light refreshments and a presentation of the ‘Cambs 876 Remembered’ project.

Then on Sunday May 31 at Guyhirn Chapel of Ease there will be a ceremony starting at 2pm in honour of Private Green also of the 1st Battalion. After the service, all are invited to Guyhirn Village Hall for light refreshments and presentation of the riders branch and of the project.

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