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Remembering the end of the First World War, 70 years of the Harpenden Trust and the Christmas Carnival: November to December in review

PUBLISHED: 12:00 31 December 2018

Harpenden Christmas Carnival and Market 2018 - picture by Harpenden Photographic Society

Harpenden Christmas Carnival and Market 2018 - picture by Harpenden Photographic Society

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November in Harpenden was about commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Harpenden Common at some point during the First World WarHarpenden Common at some point during the First World War

The town, in addition to the usual Remembrance Day service, was also one of hundreds of locations up and down the country which took part in the ‘Battle’s Over - A Nation’s Tribute’.

At 6.55pm on Remembrance Sunday, a bugler on the common, outside the Harpenden Arms, sounded the Last Post.

A beacon was lit at 7pm on the common, then the bells of St Nicholas Church were rung at 7.05pm, coinciding with thousands of churches in Ringing Out For Peace – another part of the initiative.

‘Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute’ was devised and planned over four years by Bruno Peek.

The staff who man the Harpenden Trust's office. Picture: Brian Cooke.The staff who man the Harpenden Trust's office. Picture: Brian Cooke.

Mr Peek said at the time: “It’s wonderful to see the event being embraced by so many organisations and communities in this country and around the world.

“The centenary of the end of the Great War is an opportunity to acknowledge the enormous sacrifice made the millions of men and women who died or were wounded, as well as those who worked tirelessly at home in our fields and factories.

“It has been a privilege to work on this project with the support of so many amazing organisations.”

2018 also marked 70 years since the founding of the Harpenden Trust - which was set up to help people in need in the town.

There was even a new book published to chart the modern history of the Trust since 1990 - ‘70 Not Out’.

Harpenden also celebrated its biggest ever Christmas festival in November, when 20,000 people flocked to High Street to see Santa, pick up some treats from the Farmer’s Market and hear live performances from The Harpenden Concert Band, the Magic Voices Choir and the Showkids Circus.

In December, Brenda Ackroyd, formerly of Ackroyd Bakers, celebrated her 90th birthday with cake.

On Saturday, December 15, the Cubs were out in force, delivering 3,856 Christmas cards to the elderly.

The Cubs’ district vice president, Rikki Harrington, said: “The elderly are very pleased by what we do and the Cubs really enjoy being posties for a day – it’s a win-win, and very much in the spirit of Scouting.”

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