Youngsters gather to unveil commemorative plaque at Thorpe St Andrew memorial

Hillside Primary School pupils Harry and Aimee Fuller unveiled the new commemorative plaque remembering the First World War at the war memorial on River Green, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY. Hillside Primary School pupils Harry and Aimee Fuller unveiled the new commemorative plaque remembering the First World War at the war memorial on River Green, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Monday, August 4, 2014
6:30 PM

Youngsters unveiled a commemorative plaque at Thorpe St Andrew’s war memorial, honouring the fallen on the centenary of the First World War.

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Poppies and crosses remember the individuals Thorpe lost during the First World War at the war memorial on River Green, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.Poppies and crosses remember the individuals Thorpe lost during the First World War at the war memorial on River Green, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

More than 100 people gathered at River Green, Yarmouth Road, to mark the occasion at 11am yesterday.

The grey granite plaque, with 1914-1918 engraved within a laurel wreath at the top, was bought after years of fundraising by the Thorpe branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) and Hillside Primary School.

Pupils Harry Fuller, 10, and sister Aimee, eight, unveiled the monument.

Harry said: “It was quite an amazing opportunity”

The plaque was inscribed with the words: “In Flanders fields the poppies blow between the crosses row on row,” below that “Lest we forget” and “Erected 2014”.

Ray Page, chairman of the Thorpe branch of the RBL, said the plaque was to “reinforce our remembrance”.

Bishop of Norwich the Rt Revd Graham James was among those to give a reading before a minute’s silence.

Bill Tarring, an RBL member who helped oversee fundraising, said people had wanted the memorial – built in 1919 – to be improved for some years.

The new plaque was mounted in the centre of a sand box where crosses and wreaths are laid on Remembrance Sunday each year.

He said it was a big improvement, and was down to co-operation between groups including the town council.

After the ceremony, Thorpe History Group members displayed some archive material relating to the War Memorial and the First World War.

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