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Over the four years of the centenary of the First World War, this site will be bringing you extensive coverage of the commemorations, as well as stories from the conflict.

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Antic Disposition will present Shakespeare�s Henry V at Norwich Cathedral on Saturday, February 18.
Photo: � Scott Rylander 2016

A production of Shakespeare’s Henry V is to be performed at Norwich Cathedral next year as part of a nationwide tour.

Zepp hunter: Egbert ‘Bertie’ Cadbury, heir to the great chocolate-manufacturing business and the airman chiefly responsible for the destruction of Zeppelin L21 off Lowestoft a century ago.

In late November 1916, Great Yarmouth-based airmen exacted partial revenge for the historic Zeppelin attack on the town in January 1915. Steve Snelling recounts a story of dauntless courage and distinctions unfairly distributed.

Fishermen & Kings: The Photography of Olive Edis, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, 8 October 2016 to 22 January 2017
Motor Ambulance Convoy Commandant Miss Mellor at Etaples, by Olive Edis. Glass plate negative, 1919. 
© Norfolk Museums Service (Cromer Museum)

More than 18,000 people have so far flocked to see the work of pioneering photographer Olive Edis at a special exhibition at Norwich Castle.

The now-vanished Weybourne Spring Hotel in North Norfolk.

Local historian Chris Weston tells the story of the once-magnificent Edwardian hotel of Weybourne Springs, built for the wealthy but destroyed by the threat of invasion.

Harry Rudling's World War One medals are reunited and returned to his nephew, Jim Rudling, by the Shipdham History Group and team vicar Rev Gill Wells. With Jim from left, Rev Wells, Sue Dewing, Marlene Secker, and Beanie Brown. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

But for over 50 years one family in Shipdham thought that the three medals awarded posthumously to a brave son and brother after his death in the First World War were lost forever.

Youngsters from St Michael’s Junior School in Bowthorpe visit the Battle of the Somme exhibition at The Forum in Norwich. Pic: Kerry Leathley

A new exhibition explores the real lives of soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country, with Norwich students having uncovered the stories behind the names engraved on war memorials.

Eight-year-old Ciaran Lambon who wrote a poem for Remembrance Sunday.

All across the county, people have been paying their respects to those who died in the First World War, marking Remembrance Sunday.

Anthony Arthurton, 18, at the grave of First World War gunner Frederick Howett at Earlham Cemetery. 

A schoolboy has honoured a local soldier who died in the First World War on the anniversary of his death.

St Mary's Church, Bexwell. Picture: Ian Burt

The life of a 19-year-old who died at the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago has been celebrated at Bexwell Church, near Downham Market.

Breaking New Ground has run a project to publish a book on the military history of the Brecks. Snarehill Aerodrome.

The military history which lay dormant in a rural corner of Norfolk is being unearthed in a new publication.

John Needham with some of his collection including Norfolk Yeomanry and Norfolk Regiment unifroms, at a First World War exhibition to mark the Battle of the Somme's centenary, at North Walsham. Picture: Denise Bradley

A century on the Battle of the Somme was the focus of a special First World War exhibition in North Walsham.

John Needham with some of his collection including Norfolk Yeomanry and Norfolk Regiment unifroms, at a First World War exhibition to mark the Battle of the Somme's centenary, at North Walsham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

It was fought over five brutal months with the loss of more than a million dead and wounded on all sides.

Captain Cecil Robert Tidswell

Relatives of First World War flight commander Cecil Tidswell will travel from around the world to unite at the French village of Etricourt to mark the centenary of his death.

Fishermen & Kings: The Photography of Olive Edis, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, 8 October 2016 to 22 January 2017.
 Prince Albert (King George VI), by Olive Edis. Glass plate negative, 1920. 
© Norfolk Museums Service (Cromer Museum)

She was a pioneering photographer who took pictures of everything from First World War battlefields to royalty to the fishermen of north Norfolk.

Young people will be able to learn about the heroes of the First World War as part of a new project by the Forum. Submitted

A new project saluting heroes of the First World War has been given a boost after funding was confirmed.

Jenny González Corujo, conservator at Richard Rogers Conservation Ltd, painting the name panels. Picture: SUBMITTED

An historic Roll of Honour commemorating Norwich’s First World War soldiers will be unveiled on Armistice Day at a city landmark.

Jane Horner is looking for the last five photographs for the book of remembrance kept Caston church, enabling her to complete her work on finding what happened to every name listed on the war memorial from WWI - Harry Cator. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The grandson of a Norfolk veteran will now attend a ceremony in his grandfather’s honour, thanks to a campaign to trace members of the family.

Tim Aldiss with the 100-year-old letter found in the attic of the building next to the old Aldiss store in Fakenham which was destroyed by fire.

A brief, folded letter written more than a century ago to inform a future reader of a snippet of Fakenham’s history survived both the fire which tore through the Aldiss building on the town’s Upper Market in May 2014, and the battle to put it out.

The shipwreck of the Ispolen which has remerged on Sheringham beach. 

The Norfolk coast is littered wtih dozens of shipwrecks which throughut the years have been discovered by divers or exposed by shifting sands. Here’s a look at some of the most infamous local wreckages, the oldest dating back to the 19th century.

Veteran Broads cruiser 'Harrier' on Blackhorse Broad, Hoveton following its 2016 restoration. Picture: Roger Green

One of the oldest boats on the Broads is back in the water after a two-year absence and major repair work.

Wayland Village Heritage Groups and the Wayland Partnership have published a book, researched with Lottery funding, The Impact of World War One on Wayland: The Story of a Norfolk Community in Wartime. Courtesy of Jan Godfrey

Heritage enthusiasts are celebrating the launch of a new book which explores the effects of the First World War on their communities.

Claud Castleton, from Lowestoft, who was awarded the Victoria Cross in the first world war

The Lowestoft builder’s son with a thirst for adventure had been seeking his fortune in one of the remotest corners of the British empire when war broke out.

A commemorative Victoria Cross stone being unveiled in Lowestoft in memory of Claude Castleton who fought in the First World War.
During the service.

Picture: James Bass

He was an ordinary man who made the most extraordinary of sacrifices on a First World War battlefield.

Corporal Sidney James Day, V.C.

A forgotten hero of the First World War is finally to be honoured with a permanent memorial in the city he called home – 100 years after his extraordinary acts of bravery.

The York Tavern on Leicester Street.

This is the story of two photographs which were displayed on a pub wall in Norwich. Then they disappeared. One reappeared and the other has been lost.... or has it?

This year's Sedgeford dig , with a new trench being dug, and  the footings of a bulding being unearthed. Picture: Matthew Usher.

It’s an archaeological dig that has outlasted the popular TV series Time Team, and shows no signs of coming to an end just yet.

Pupils at Gresham's School and Holt Primary take part Norfolk Remembers

Today is the day the people of Norfolk are being urged to commemorate the county’s fallen soldiers by helping ensure every First World War memorial receives a visit.

Lt Sophie Tasker, left, project officer, with members of the team launching the Norfolk Remembers Project. From 2nd left, Sophie Conroy, head of public facing activity at the Forum; Peter Martin, researcher; and Lt Col David Carter, of the Cambridge University Officer' Training Corps. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Organisers of a campaign to remember Norfolk’s fallen First World War soldiers have issued a rallying cry for public support.

Scenes from the Downham Market Somme Memorial Service at the War Memorial in Downham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The commemorations continued today with the town’s community gathering at the war memorial to remember those who lost their lives in one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War.

Six scout members died in the sailing boat disaster on the River Waveney at Somerleyton on June 1, 1914. Survivor Stanley Wood died in the Battle of the Somme two years later. Picture: Supplied.

It stands as a lasting tribute to the tragedy which saw a group of sea scouts drown in a Broads boating accident in 1914 – and to its equally poignant postscript.

The strike at Bullards in Norwich. The man at the front (holding the poster) with the eye-patch was Albert Crowe of Lakenham. He has been recognised by his son Victor, now aged 90. And yes, the worker did get his job back.

At last... the story of the brewery strike in Norwich many years ago following the sacking of a worker after a cat was found in a beer vessel can be told.

Robert Kybird, left, and David Osborne at the Thetford Remembers photo exhibition.

A photographic exhibition has built a bigger picture of the First World War after people loaned their memorabilia and pictures in aid of a remembrance project.


A slideshow about Hemsby during the lifetime of the Queen attracted nearly 30 people to the Barn Room last Friday. It was presented by Kenny Chaney and Andrew Fakes.

Sgt Ives

The Military Medal and three other medals awarded to a Norfolk war hero are expected to sell for around £600 at an auction later this month.

Can you throw any light on this photograph - and the curious incident which triggered the labour dispute?

They talk about the “good old days” when Norwich was a “making city” – a time when thousands of men and women worked in the breweries, shoe factories, engineering plants and the like.

Bow torpedo tubes arrangement. Picture: Wessex Archaeology © Historic England/Crown Copyright

As she raced to engage the enemy after their bold raid on Great Yarmouth, HMS D5 struck a mine left by the fleeing German vessels.

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