Mark­ing the Armistice with events in Waipa¯

Waipa Post - - News -

Novem­ber is a big month for Cambridge as the town pre­pares to mark the cen­te­nary of the lib­er­a­tion Sis­ter City Le Ques­noy, France, and the sign­ing of the Armistice that ended World War I.

The Cambridge Branch of Ge­neal­o­gists is gear­ing up for the event with a pre­sen­ta­tion from Paul Watkins, chair­man of Armistice in Cambridge, at the group’s monthly meet­ing next Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 8 and the pub­lic is wel­come to at­tend.

Paul will talk about the Armistice and the sig­nif­i­cance of Le Ques­noy to Cambridge.

His pre­sen­ta­tion will in­clude a short film and pho­tos, and group mem­bers are en­cour­aged to bring fam­ily ser­vice medals, diaries and mem­o­ra­bilia from World War I to add to the dis­play.

The group will also in­clude posters and books with sig­nif­i­cant con­nec­tions to the World War I era.

Paul will also out­line the week-long com­mem­o­ra­tions his group has or­gan­ised for the cen­te­nary.

It opens on Sun­day, Novem­ber 4 at the Town Hall with a World War I art ex­hi­bi­tion and pho­to­graphic dis­play of the lib­er­a­tion of Le Ques­noy.

That night at 9pm a light and sound show will pre­miere, pro­jected onto the Town Hall ex­te­rior.

It tells the story of the walled town of Le Ques­noy which was lib­er­ated by Kiwi troops on Novem­ber 4, 1918.

The short pre­sen­ta­tion will loop from 9pm to 10pm ev­ery night un­til Armistice Day on Sun­day, Novem­ber 11.

A high­light of the week will be the Le Ques­noy Memo­rial Sculp­ture, de­signed by Waipa¯ artist Fred Gra­ham.

The six-me­tre high sculp­ture will rest on a unique base in the shape of Le Ques­noy’s walls on re­serve land near Lake Te Koo Utu, on the cor­ner of Thorn­ton Rd and Vic­to­ria St.

Events con­clude with the an­nual Armistice in Cambridge at the Mighty River Do­main over the week­end of Novem­ber 10 and 11. There will also be an Armistice Memo­rial Ser­vice at the Town Hall on Novem­ber 11 at 10am.

■ Cambridge Branch of Ge­neal­o­gist meets are on sec­ond Mon­day of the month, 7.30pm in the Health and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Tay­lor Street. Ev­ery­one wel­come, $4 at door.

Photo / Michael Jeans

Armistice in Cambridge at the Mighty River Do­main is a ma­jor event on the Waipa¯ cal­en­dar.

Photo / Sup­plied

Paul Watkins, chair­man of Armistice in Cambridge, is speak­ing at next week’s Cambridge Branch of Ge­neal­o­gists meet­ing.

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