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Crowland to commemorate end of Great War




Plans for Crowland to mark the end of World War I with a permanent memorial are under discussion.

Crowland Parish Council has held initial talks with the town's Royal British Legion (RBL) branch about commemorating the end of the Great War which came in November 1918, possibly with a memorial bench.

But Coun Cathi Elphee (pictured centre), parish council chairman, confirmed that the idea was only at a "planning stage", with branch chairman Mike Jackson and other council members both supportive of it.

Coun Cathie Elphee, chairman of Crowland Parish Council. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG030817-206TW. (2080401)
Coun Cathie Elphee, chairman of Crowland Parish Council. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG030817-206TW. (2080401)

Mr Jackson said: "I've looked at what the parish council is proposing and I think it's an excellent idea.

"The RBL is a national organisation which is pushed a great deal because of the money raised through subscriptions to support ex-service personnel.

"But in a small town like Crowland, where there might be very few World War I and World War II service personnel who are still alive, people's lifestyles are changing and so they don't join our branch any more."

The annual Remembrance Sunday parade goes through Crowland in 2013. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG101113-048TW. (2080590)
The annual Remembrance Sunday parade goes through Crowland in 2013. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG101113-048TW. (2080590)

RBL branch members in Crowland are expected to decide whether to back the memorial plans at a meeting early next month.

Coun Elphee said: "At the moment, the project is still at the planning stage, although the idea was looked on very favourably at our annual meeting last Monday.

"It's something that I feel we should do as my grandfather was one of the founding members of the RBL branch in Crowland and, until they died, both of my parents were involved with the RBL as well.

"Hopefully, we will be working together with the RBL branch to decide on where to place the bench as the branch chairman is in favour of it and he will be talking to his committee at their next meeting in June."

Crowland has some experience in marking historic events, most notably with the staging of a renactment of the 1643 Siege of Crowland Abbey. The event has been held twice, in 2015 and 2017, reliving the time when the people of Crowland were caught up in the English Civil War.

The Sealed Knot Re-enactment group relive the 1643 Siege of Crowland Abbey. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG170917-130TW. (2080392)
The Sealed Knot Re-enactment group relive the 1643 Siege of Crowland Abbey. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG170917-130TW. (2080392)

Parliamentarian forces led by Oliver Cromwell fought with the so-called Royalists who resisted them by kidnapping the Vicar of Spalding and held him hostage.



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