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Gallery: Centenary of the beginning of the First World War is marked in Clacton

18:13 03 August 2014

More than 250 people turned out to a service to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War in Clacton. The service was staged at the War Memorial on the town’

More than 250 people turned out to a service to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War in Clacton. The service was staged at the War Memorial on the town’'s seafront.

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More than 250 people turned out to a service in Clacton to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War.

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The service was staged at the War Memorial on the town’s seafront at 11am today and was attended by all ages.

A number of wreaths were laid from various organisations and there was a roll call of those named on the memorial that died in 1914, as well as those for whom a date of death is not recorded or who died after 1918.

Adrian Nation, a singer songwriter from Holland-on-Sea, performed The Band Played Waltzing Matilda which is all about the Gallipoli campaign.

The service was led by Major Elizabeth Burns of Clacton Salvation Army and Fred Nicholls, vice-chairman of Tendring District Council gave the reading.

Mr Nicholls said: “It was a very emotional and moving service and I was proud to be there to represent the council and the people of Tendring.”

The Royal British Legion and the Royal Air Force Association joined forces with the council to stage the commemoration.

Dan Casey, president of Clacton Royal British Legion, added: “It was wonderful turnout and it was lovely to see so many young people there. It was very much appreciated.”

Jamie Robinson, vice-chairman and parade marshal for the town’s Royal British Legion branch, said that it had been planned to stage a parade but that was cancelled as they were unable to get a marching band.

“It was disappointing but did not detract from the commemoration,” he said. “The service was always going to be the centrepiece of the day and so it proved.”

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