VIDEO: Buxton’s Royal British Legion branch recreate Christmas Day match

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More than a hundred people turned out for a re-enactment ceremony of the Christmas Day football match, which took place during a brief ceasefire during the early part of the First World War.

The event, organised by the Buxton branch of the Royal British Legion, took place at Temple Fields, Buxton, on Christmas Day, and was also attended by High Peak MP Andrew Bingham, who not only played in the game, but also refereed.

More than a hundred people turned out for a re-enactment of the Christmas Day football match which took place during a brief ceasefire in the early part of the First World War.

More than a hundred people turned out for a re-enactment of the Christmas Day football match which took place during a brief ceasefire in the early part of the First World War.

The brief ceremony began with a poem read by the President Lt Col (Rtd) Mike Gray before Chairman Terry Corrigan led the singing of two carols, Silent Night and O Come All Ye Faithful.

Music was provided by Burbage Band, who were already playing carols in the area and were able to find time to attend the match. This was particularly fitting as in May 1915, the band, as a group, joined the Cheshire Regiment and later became a military band.

After an exchange of greetings and chocolates, shaking hands took place and afterwards, the assembled crowd either took part in a kick-about or watched proceedings. After the game, the branch President led an act of remembrance and reconciliation followed by a minute’s silence.

Chairman Terry Corrigan said: “This was a simple and fitting tribute to those young men from both sides.

“It was pleasing that so many people gave their time on Christmas Day to pay their respects and remember them.

“The support of our MP Andrew Bingham was much appreciated.”

Video courtesy of Roger Beverley.