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Norwich band to perform at remembrance ceremony in Belgium

PUBLISHED: 08:53 18 August 2017 | UPDATED: 08:53 18 August 2017

The City of Norwich Pipe Band leading carnival floats through Sheringham. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

The City of Norwich Pipe Band leading carnival floats through Sheringham. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

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A Norwich band is in final preparations for its Last Post Remembrance Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Leper, Belgium.

On September 2, the City of Norwich Pipe Band will be beating the retreat in front of the Cloth Hall in the town.

Wymondham Ex-services Club will also be laying a wreath at the gate.

The ceremony has been held at the Menin Gate every evening since 1929.

The gate commemorates the names of over 54,000 officers and men who died at the Ypres Salient before August 1917.

Senior piper Ian Robertson will be laying a cross and poppy in remembrance.

This year is particularly significant as it is the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele.

The City of Norwich Pipe Band was formed by two pipers and a drummer in 1978. Now, the thriving band has played at the Great British Proms at Blickling Hall.

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