Legion to recreate football match

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One hundred years ago, British and German soldiers fighting in the Great War held a Christmas Day football match near Ypres, during a brief cease fire.

This break, which was agreed on Christmas Eve and lasted until Boxing Day, gave both sides the opportunity to recover and bury their dead, shake hands with the opposing sides and sing carols before the football match.

Now the Christmas Day game is to be recreated in Buxton by the town’s Royal British Legion branch.

Branch members, mostly aged over 70+, will be taking part in a match against a team of spectators at 11am on Christmas Day at Temple Fields. The game will last for around 15 minutes and will follow the singing of two Christmas carols. Anyone interested in spectating or taking part is welcome, and it is also hoped that Burbage Band will be in attendance. Branch president Lt Col (Retd) Mike Gray MBE will close the event leading the Act of Remembrance.