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Photo gallery: Cromer candlelit vigil to remember First World War

PUBLISHED: 18:25 04 August 2014 | UPDATED: 18:25 04 August 2014

First World War commemorative service at Cromer. Cromer RBL chairman John Needham stands vigil next to the memorial candle.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

First World War commemorative service at Cromer. Cromer RBL chairman John Needham stands vigil next to the memorial candle. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

Poppies in full bloom formed the backdrop for the poignant First World War commemoration in Cromer today.

First World War commemorative service at Cromer. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY First World War commemorative service at Cromer. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The service at the town’s war memorial, in front of the parish church, was led by the Bishop of Lynn the Rt Rev Jonathan Meyrick and Rev Peter Herbert, curate of Cromer church.

It was attended by members of the Royal British Legion service personnel and Cromer residents and visitors.

A roll of honour of people from Cromer who died in the war was read out, as well as prayers and a poem by Siegfried Sassoon.

After the service, a candle in the church was lit by Bishop Jonathan and will be alight until the centenary concert and service at the church finishes at 10pm tonight.

Uniformed representatives from the legion, Army Cadet Force, Norfolk Police, Air Training Corps, Scouts, Guides, St John Ambulance, Norfolk Fire Service, the coastguard and the legion’s women’s branch will hold a vigil around the candle today.

Bishop Jonathan said: “The reading out of the names was incredibly moving because behind every one of those names will lie individual stories and real people who loved and laughed. The lighting of the candle was a powerful moment. I’m sure it will be a focus of a lot of people’s prayers and thoughts today.”

He described the poppies around the war memorial as delightful and said that made the service more poignant.

Mr Herbert said: “It was a privilege to be able to lead a service where so many people from the town and further afield stopped to remember what was such a significant and terrible event in the nation’s life.”

John Needham, chairman of the legion’s Cromer branch, said: “It was a nice, simple reflective service.”

The centenary concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £5. Call 01263 512254 to book.

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