Cathedral Centre of Commemoration


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Winchester Cathedral was the centre of focus for the City on Sunday as hundreds of people came together to mark 100 years since the end of the Great War.


The service was attended by the city’s MP Steve Brine, as well as the Mayor of Winchester Frank Pearson. (The Mayor later went on to close the commemorations on Sunday evening by lighting a beacon in the Close.)


Wreaths were laid at the War Memorial in the Close.


The theme for the 100 Year commemoration has been ‘Honouring the Past – Working For Peace.’




The outside had already been the centre of attention for a number of days with 2018 handmade knitted poppies lining the railings – the ‘Poppies For Peace’.

Earlier this year groups of people spent many hours knitting 2018 woollen poppies which were then placed on the railings in the Outer Close to recall the poppy fields of Flanders over Remembrancetide.

The project was started by the Women’s Section of The Royal British Legion and helped by Winchester Women Reborn.

Most of the knitters are from the Winchester area. The poppies along with Box 459, form a striking impact as we remember the dreadful consequences of what is still ironically known as the Great War.

Box 459 commemorates the 459 fallen in Winchester and its District in the First World War 100 years ago.

It has returned to Winchester Cathedral, where it started its journey around the Winchester district just over 4 years ago when it was commissioned by Winchester City Council.

You can see it until 14 December.


100 years on at the Cathedral…

This picture shows American servicemen lining up on Armistice Day, 11 November 1918.


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