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On the 4th August 1914, the UK declared war on Germany and its allies and thus began the First World War, a conflict that touched every family, affected every community and fundamentally altered the country’s place in the world.

One hundred years on we have a unique opportunity to mark this historic anniversary and to pay tribute to those who laid down their lives and to reflect on the social changes the war brought about. We do so mindful of those who fought and died in the many conflicts since 1918, and those who have served us more recently in Afghanistan, Iran and other parts of the world. A special service to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War has been organised by The Royal British Legion Gainsborough & District Branch in collaboration with All Saints Parish Church.

The service will be held at the Parish Church on Sunday 3rd August commencing at 3pm and will have a strong local flavour as we recall the many local people who died or were maimed or who suffered in many other ways during the conflict. For 30 minutes before the service a brass band will be playing near the church entrance, welcoming the congregation as it assembles. Everyone is invited to come and join in the service. Please come along and give your support in this act of commemoration of those who died or suffered in the cause of freedom. Please telephone 01427 616852 for further information.