Duston Poppy Appeal: 90% fall in donations

The Duston Poppy Appeal has raised almost 10 times less than it normally does for the Armed Forces this November. The Duston and District British Legion Branch, a small branch of the charity in Northamptonshire, raised only £3,500 this year. A tiny fraction of the normal amount of £42,000. During November, Armistice Day would be […]

Littleport remembers with biggest turn out in years

Littleport villagers marched proudly to the beating of the drums and trumpets following veterans and ex-military who proudly wore their medals that glistened in the sun. Families of  lost soldiers then followed bearing wreaths to their loved ones. Then came the boy scouts and girl guides strongly holding their flags. The local biker club were […]

Private Peaceful

The Royal and Derngate put on Private Peaceful at the Royal, from Thursday 1st November to Friday 2nd November to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, I sat down with the programme director Zoe Adlington to discuss the importance of the play. “Private Peaceful was offered to us about a […]

Children’s Poppy Tribute at Geddington Church

The children of Geddington made their personal tributes as they got gluing and sticking to make their own poppies. The children from Geddington Sunday school got creative with their poppy making and laid them in front of the war memorial during the St Mary Magdalenes church service. Around 15 children made their way through the […]

The man behind Northampton War Memorial

  The legacy of architect Edwin Lutyens who designed London Cenotaph war memorial,  also designed Northampton War memorials in Abington Street, Northampton in 1926. the memorial was designed with obelisk, stone of Remembrance and Flags. Lutyens was the tenth child and ninth boy out of a family of thirteen.  He was insecure about being the […]

Sanctuary Wood – Northampton man’s great uncle’s body never found

A Northampton man has told how the body of his great uncle was never recovered from World War 1’s battlefields. Leonard William Fitzgerald died by shellfire in June 1915, and was buried at Sanctuary Wood. That wood would soon become the world’s most bombed place. Steven Barnes said his family know little about Leonard Fitzgerald’s life. […]

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