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An 18-hour vigil is ongoing outside Cromer war memorial, to commemorate the Battle of Passchendaele

PUBLISHED: 09:25 31 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:00 31 July 2017

Mayor John Frosdick took part in an 18-hour vigil by Cromer war memorial. Picture: David Bale

Mayor John Frosdick took part in an 18-hour vigil by Cromer war memorial. Picture: David Bale

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More than 50 people have already taken part in an 18-hour vigil next to the war memorial in Cromer, to commemorate the Battle of Passchendaele.

Mayor John Frosdick took part in an 18-hour vigil by Cromer  war memorial. Picture: David Bale Mayor John Frosdick took part in an 18-hour vigil by Cromer war memorial. Picture: David Bale

As part of the nation’s remembrance of the battle, the Cromer War Memorial Restoration Committee invited individuals, groups and organisations to participate in an 18-hour vigil.

During this time, committee members will stand as an honour guard at the Cromer war memorial, in the grounds of the parish church, in intervals of up to one hour.

It started at 6pm on Sunday, July 30, continued throughout the night, and ends at midday on Monday, July 31.

A service of remembrance will then be held at the war memorial, led by the Rev Peter Herbert, the curate of Cromer church.

A display of First World War-related items from the collection of John Needham, chairman of the Cromer branch of the Royal British Legion, is also on display near the war memorial on July 31.

Event organiser, Cromer town councillor and deputy mayor, David Pritchard said: “More than 50 people have already taken part in the vigil.”

The Battle of Passchendaele took place from July 31 to November 10, 1917.

A fundraising campaign for the repair and renovation of the Cromer war memorial is being held alongside events to commemorate the First World War in the town.

About £24,500 has already been raised towards a £42,000 target, and a contractor will start work early next year at the site.

The restoration committee is made up of representatives from the town council, parish church and the Royal British Legion.

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