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Needham Market: Town book to list all on war memorial as First World War commemorations continue

PUBLISHED: 06:00 29 July 2014 | UPDATED: 06:41 29 July 2014

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A book of remembrance which honours the servicemen named on a town’s war memorial has been published.

The Needham Market book of remembrance, called Needham Market Remembers, is to form the centrepiece of a number of activities in the town to mark and reflect upon the consequences of the outbreak of the First World War.

Winifred Price, a researcher from the area, has – with the assistance of the town’s Royal British Legion branch – produced the work.

It contains a brief biography of every serviceman listed on the town’s war memorial, together with some comments on the social conditions in the area during the Great War.

A spokesman for the town’s Royal British Legion branch said: “The book was funded by the town council and local charities and was printed by Gipping Press who also advised on design of the publication.

“A copy of the book will be presented to St John’s, the parish church during a Service of Commemoration to be held at 3pm on Saturday and will be on display in the church thereafter.

“Music of the era will figure strongly in the other activities planned to mark the remembrance.”

The Needham Market Institute is holding a Remembrance Singalong on August 24, starting at 2.15pm. Tickets are £2.50 and include tea and cake.

The book is available for purchase from John Daye Bookshop, Elton House newsagents and the town’s library, for £5. Proceeds will be donated to the Poppy Appeal.

Across Suffolk and north Essex there will be events to mark the “Lights Out” event, which also forms part of this year’s First World War centenary commemorations.

Everyone in the UK is invited to turn off their lights from 10-11pm on August 4 but to leave on a single light or candle for a moment of reflection.

The inspiration for the event comes from the famous remark made by the then foreign secretary, Sir Edward Grey.

He said: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime”.

Britain declared war on Germany at 11pm on August 4, 1914.

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