By STEVE DOWNES
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Thousands of people gathered, paraded and fell silent today as the district remembered those who died - and those who continue to put their lives on the line - in global conflicts.
Events are taking place all over north Norfolk throughout the day, with people of all ages showing their respect.
Hundreds turned out to pay their respects at Sheringham, where the town’s Salvation Army Band led a parade to the war memorial for a service taken by the assistant curate of St Peter’s Church, the Rev Lynn Chapman.
The names of the fallen were read by local Scouts and Guides, with representatives from groups including the RNLI, the emergency services and the town council laying wreaths, and army cadet Joe McConnell giving the exhortation.
During the march back to the church, the salute was taken by town mayor Doug Smith and Sheringham and District Royal British Legion chairman John Laker.
RBL branch secretary Mel Clarke, who organised the morning’s proceedings, thanked all those who took part. “Considering Sheringham is quite a small town, we have a tremendous amount of support from people of all ages and it is very much appreciated,” she said.
At Cromer, traffic was stopped on Church Street as hundreds of people observed impeccably two minutes’ silence after a short service of remembrance by the war memorial.
Led by the Rev Canon David Court, the crowd recited the Lord’s Prayer and listened to a reading of an article that was written after the first day of remembrance on November 11 1919.
At 2.30pm, a parade gathered on Meadow Road and marched at 2.40pm for a 3pm service at the parish church.
At 10am, members of the Spirit of Coltishall Association met at the RAF Coltishall memorial garden and marched to St Edwards Church, Badersfield behind the standard of 2110 Squadron ATC North Walsham.
Remembrance at North Walsham included an 11am service at the war memorial at North Walsham War Memorial Hospital. At 2.15pm there was a wreath laying and silent tribute at the war memorial in the park, with a parade marching at 2.45pm to arrive at St Nicholas’ Church for a 3pm service of remembrance.
Hundreds of people young and old took part in the parade, include local brownies, Rainbow Guides, Cubs and Scouts, along with 2110 Squadron ATC North Walsham.
At midday, the Norfolk Landmine Clearance Memorial Committee gathered at the bomb memorial on Beach Road, Mundesley to remember 26 Royal Engineers who died clearing mines from Norfolk beaches after the second world war.
At Aylsham, a standard was laid at the war memorial at 11am. At 2.30pm there was a service and wreath laying at St Michael’s Church. The parade left the Drill Hall on Cawston Road at 2pm.
Stalham’s parade left Old Railway Station car park at 10.30am for a 10.45am service at St Mary’s Church.
At Holt, a parade left the Methodist church at 10.30am for a 10.50am service at the war memorial.