Peace Day 1919 Centenary Celebrations - 20th July 2019
Our Peace Day celebrations include welcoming 22 visitors from 1919 who will be with us for the whole day, they are more than happy to chat to you and share their thoughts on 2019 and their memories of 1919. You can find out how different life was for the people of Dereham 100 years ago.
Dereham Town Band will be in the Market place from 9.00am and there will be a brief church service at 10.00am followed by a muffled peel of bells. Also, at 9.00am a steam train will arrive at the Railway Station bringing troops home from the war, this train will be met by our 1919 visitors. The public are welcome to see the soldiers arriving on the train, there will be a viewing area just along the platform from the train.
The visitors and soldiers will make their way along Norwich Street to the High Street and then onto the Market Place. Following the interdenominational Church Service the visitors and the soldiers will be wandering through the town exploring and talking to today’s residents. At 12 noon our visitors and soldiers will have lunch in the Kings Head and again will be happy to talk to you and perhaps share a beer with you too!
After lunch the activities move to the Recreation Ground, exactly as they did in 1919. There will be competitions, races, fancy dress, Maypole, games and musical entertainment plus puppet shows for the little ones. Medals and cups will be awarded. There will also be an exhibition with serious and fun facts about Dereham 100 years ago, this will move on the Dereham Library for two weeks.
Retired Dereham residents will be entitled to a free afternoon tea and tickets for this will be available shortly. We will also provide squash and cake for the under 10’s for free, there will be a small charge for everyone else. The free meals were part of the original celebrations.
The afternoon will end with a tug of war between the visitors and the soldiers. Later in the evening there will be a formal dinner for current Service Personnel who have been wounded, this is an invitation only event and again replicates the original celebrations.
Everyone attending is free to dress in costume for the event should they choose to do so. An engraved cup will be presented to the best costume of the day. We will be posting some costume ideas and tips soon to help you with this.
There will be a Photographic competition, details to be announced nearer the time, the picture voted the best of the day will win an engraved cup to commemorate the occasion.