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Crowds gather to mark the start of the First World War

Members of various armed and merchant forces organisations gathered to pay their respects at the commemoration of the start of the First World War today (Monday). DJ

Members of various armed and merchant forces organisations gathered to pay their respects at the commemoration of the start of the First World War today (Monday). DJ

 

People gathered at the War Memorial on Wide Bargate this morning (Monday) to commemorate those who lost their lives in the First World War.

Members of various armed forces organisations, the Merchant Navy and the public stood for a minute’s silence and a service of commemoration by the Rev Alyson Buxton at 11am, to mark 100 years since Britain joined the First World War.

Various dignitaries also attended including the Mayor of Boston and Admiral of the Wash Coun Alison Austin and Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Tony Worth.

Coun Austin said: “It was an appropriate service for the occasion.”

She added: “I could see people who stood the other side of the fence and they were obviously engaged and that’s important.”

During the service one lady, Kate Glencross fainted, however she was taken our of the sun and cared for by her husband Roy Glencross and friends who said she recovered fairly quickly.

Mr Glencross said his wife had recently undergone an operation, but had been very determined to be at the service to commemorate the event.

 

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