MP says silent vigil will mark First World War centenary

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THE centenary of the start of the First World War will be marked by a silent vigil at Colchester’s Castle Park war memorial.

A website will also be created for organisations to provide details of planned events, between August 4 this year and 2018.

The war started on August 4 1914 and ended on November 11, 2018.

The plans emerged from a public meeting called by Colchester’s MP Sir Russell to discuss how the centenary event should be commemorated.

Representatives from Colchester Garrison, The Royal British Legion, cadets, historians and others with an interest in the First World War attended.

Sir Bob said: “It is important to stress that this is a commemoration, not a celebration. A war is not a cause for celebration.

“The precise time of the silent vigil, perhaps lasting no more than five minutes, is likely to be at 7pm on Monday August 4.

“War with Germany officially commenced at 11pm British time, midnight in Berlin, but gathering so late is perhaps not a good idea.

”There will be no bands, laying of wreaths or carrying of colours. The idea is very much one of folk gathering in silence, perhaps with a couple of prayers, for just a few minutes.”

The war memorial at the main entrance to Castle Park records that 1,248 men from Colchester lost their lives in the First World War, a proportion of its population greater than any other town in the eastern counties.

The website for the Colchester First World War centenary commemorations will be prepared by local historian Jess Jephcott.

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3:03pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Jess Jephcott says...

As Our Bob says, this is a commemoration, not a celebration. This meeting was necessary as otherwise, the 4th August could have passed without a special tribute. We now have a group that will work together on this idea and any other interested persons will be more than welcome to join us. This will be a fitting tribute to remember those that went to war and those that died for us. Whatever your views on war, it happened and it must never be forgotten. Hopefully we can work up to a proper celebration in 2018 to mark the centenery of the end of WW1. If anybody, group or association intends to mark this centenery in their locality, village or whatever, please let me of Bob know so that we can advertise it on our website that will, initially be at Camulos. Colchester at War.
As Our Bob says, this is a commemoration, not a celebration. This meeting was necessary as otherwise, the 4th August could have passed without a special tribute. We now have a group that will work together on this idea and any other interested persons will be more than welcome to join us. This will be a fitting tribute to remember those that went to war and those that died for us. Whatever your views on war, it happened and it must never be forgotten. Hopefully we can work up to a proper celebration in 2018 to mark the centenery of the end of WW1. If anybody, group or association intends to mark this centenery in their locality, village or whatever, please let me of Bob know so that we can advertise it on our website that will, initially be at Camulos. Colchester at War. Jess Jephcott
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3:07pm Fri 14 Mar 14

catflap1 says...

"The war started on August 4 1914 and ended on November 11, 2018"
sloppy reporting and shoddy editing get the dates right 1918 not 2018
"The war started on August 4 1914 and ended on November 11, 2018" sloppy reporting and shoddy editing get the dates right 1918 not 2018 catflap1
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4:17pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Angry of Lexden says...

I see the armoured might of Bob's publicity battle tank knows no boundaries.
I see the armoured might of Bob's publicity battle tank knows no boundaries. Angry of Lexden
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5:57pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Jess Jephcott says...

Don't you just love the do nothing wasters who sit on the edge and look for something to criticise. Just imagine what they could achieve if they put their minds to it.
Don't you just love the do nothing wasters who sit on the edge and look for something to criticise. Just imagine what they could achieve if they put their minds to it. Jess Jephcott
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10:16pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Angry of Lexden says...

Some just quietly get on with stuff and achieve.

Others, guess who? would attend the opening of an envelope to get a quote in the press.
Some just quietly get on with stuff and achieve. Others, guess who? would attend the opening of an envelope to get a quote in the press. Angry of Lexden
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4:41pm Sat 15 Mar 14

G.Speel says...

catflap1 wrote:
"The war started on August 4 1914 and ended on November 11, 2018"
sloppy reporting and shoddy editing get the dates right 1918 not 2018
Typical sloppy and incorrect reporting. How about employing reporters who give correct accounts. They must think they are politicians!!!
[quote][p][bold]catflap1[/bold] wrote: "The war started on August 4 1914 and ended on November 11, 2018" sloppy reporting and shoddy editing get the dates right 1918 not 2018[/p][/quote]Typical sloppy and incorrect reporting. How about employing reporters who give correct accounts. They must think they are politicians!!! G.Speel
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