A MAJOR street party planned to mark the end of the First World War has been cancelled by organisers.

The Great Street Party was set to be held in November as part of the centenary events in Manningtree to mark 100 years since the end of the Great War.

There was also scheduled to be a living 100-year timeline of Manningtree created along the High Street.

The event would have seen members of the community act out key moments in the town’s history over the past 100 years.

Sharon and Jamie Robinson, from the Manningtree branch of the Royal British Legion, were behind the plans.

However, they have now cancelled the street party although other events, including a parade on November 11 to mark the centenary, will still go ahead.

A statement on the Manningtree and District Royal British Legion Remembrance Day Parade Facebook page said: “The branch has decided that our idea of a street party was going to be too much to put in place.

“However, we are looking into something that will be rehearsed, hopefully in June, and will be open to the public, so please watch this space.”

Mr Robinson said: “The parade has not been cancelled.

“We have cancelled the street party but the parade is still going ahead.

“We decided both the street party and parade together would just be too much to carry out together.

“The service is on November 11 at 3pm and the parade will start at about 2.50pm.

“It goes up the High Street and ends by the Manningtree war memorial.

“A lot still needs to be confirmed about who will be in the parade.

“We are hoping to have veterans, cadets and the Brownies.

“We are also hoping to have a rehearsal for the event sometime in June.

“We are hoping that we can do the parade with a twist which is yet to be confirmed.

“Nearer to the time we will know if we can add this twist into the event.”

Mr Robinson said he and Mrs Robinson were always looking for new members to join the branch.

He said: “You don’t have to have served in Her Majesty’s forces to become a member.”

Anyone wanting more information should contact the Robinsons on 01206 970382 or email jamierobinson@yahoo.com.