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Wadebridge community fun day to commemorate First World War and D-Day landings

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 08, 2014

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A DAY of commemoration and celebration is planned in Wadebridge this summer to mark two significant wartime events.

The local branch of the Royal British Legion has joined forces with the town council to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy in 1944.

A joint event will be held on July 5 at Egloshayle Playing Fields, from noon.

The Royal British Legion will begin proceedings with a march, salute and wreath-laying at the Memorial Stones, and a number of military vehicles will form a display.

Organisers are also hoping to bring a full-size Spitfire to the town.

Later on, 30 members of the Riders' branch of the RBL will ride in on their impressive motorcycles, including Harley Davidson models.

There will be re-enactment events, and everyone is encouraged to come in wartime dress, with prizes awarded for the Best Adult and Best Child.

Music will be provided all afternoon by Wadebridge Town Band, the RAF Air Cadets Band, bongo drums and songs from the Shipwrecks group, with more to be announced.

Town councillor Carole Buchanan, who is helping to organise the day, said:"Alongside all the wartime events, the town council is organising a traditional town fête, with the popular family dog show, children's entertainment and lots of stalls.

"Local charities are very welcome to come along, but should phone the town hall to book a place. The ladies of the Christian Centre and Wadebridge Foodbank will be providing their usual super light lunches and snacks in the Pavilion, and we are hoping the beer tent will be provided by the rugby club.''

People wishing to take part in the event should contact 01208 817081.

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  • JeremyBadger  |  March 10 2014, 8:50PM

    A FUN DAY and Celebration to commemorate the first world war, the largest loss of life ever......... Where is morality in this event? The Royal British Legion should be downright ashamed of themselves!

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  • break  |  March 08 2014, 7:45PM

    Cornwall was a big player in the World Wars. Our women worked in our foundries making weapons and ammunition, while the men fought, and we scrapped the remains of those giant engines which once stood in the engine houses that litter the landscape, only a few managing to survive. But the people then wanted to contribute to the war effort, and we should be proud of the people we are, and what we contributed.

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  • westwelsh  |  March 08 2014, 9:36AM

    Agreed, we should remember the brave Cornishmen and women who sacrificed all for Kernow and the UK.

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  • kernow19  |  March 08 2014, 8:13AM

    Commemoration? Yes, I agree with that, but I'm not sure that either of these two historical events can be described as much cause for celebration.

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