The day the lights went out across Europe - ceremony in March marks 100 years since the First World War

Commonwealth Day flag ceremony at Fenland District Council in March PHOTO: FDC

Commonwealth Day flag ceremony at Fenland District Council in March PHOTO: FDC - Credit: Archant

Flags were raised and candles lit at Fenland District Council in March as part of ceremonies marking 100 years since WW1.

Commonwealth Day flag ceremony at Fenland District Council in March PHOTO: FDC

Commonwealth Day flag ceremony at Fenland District Council in March PHOTO: FDC - Credit: Archant

Three students from Neale-Wade Academy – Billy Griffiths, Lucy Rose and Darcy Howe – read First World War poems while civic leaders joined forces to commemorate the day.

The High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire joined other civic leaders in March for the Commonwealth Day ceremony and a commemorative act marking the centenary of the First World War.

The event, hosted by FDC chairman Councillor Carol Cox, included the raising of the Commonwealth flag.

It was one of hundreds of similar ceremonies staged across the UK and around the world.

Commonwealth Day flag ceremony at Fenland District Council in March PHOTO: FDC

Commonwealth Day flag ceremony at Fenland District Council in March PHOTO: FDC - Credit: Archant


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The High Sheriff, Sir David Arculus, read out the Commonwealth Affirmation, saying: “We draw inspiration from our diversity and the opportunities for working together as a rich source of wisdom and powerful influence for good in the world.”

Fenland District Council leader Councillor John Clark read a message from the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth stressing the strength and hope the organisation’s diversity offered at a time of increasing instability and uncertainty in the world.

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The flag was blessed by the Reverend Anthony Chandler.

The guests included representatives from the district, town and parish councils and local branches of the Royal British Legion.

Commonwealth Day flag ceremony at Fenland District Council in March PHOTO: FDC

Commonwealth Day flag ceremony at Fenland District Council in March PHOTO: FDC - Credit: Archant

Afterwards they gathered in the council chamber for the First World War commemoration.

It featured the lighting and extinguishing of four candles representing “the feeling of darkness that came over Europe 100 years ago”.

Another brief Commonwealth Day ceremony was held in Whittlesey and attended by Neil McKittrick, one of the Deputy Lieutenants of Cambridgeshire.

It was organised by the town council.

Commonwealth Day flag ceremony at Fenland District Council in March PHOTO: FDC

Commonwealth Day flag ceremony at Fenland District Council in March PHOTO: FDC - Credit: Archant

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