Crowds in Norwich and Great Yarmouth gather to remember the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice

Norwich Remembrance Sunday parade and service.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norwich Remembrance Sunday parade and service.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Veterans and armed forces proudly paraded through the streets of Norwich, as the city fell silent to remember our heroes lost in war.

A service outside City Hall, at the War Memorial, was led by The Rev Robert Avery, from St Peter Mancroft Church.

And the hundreds who gathered to pay their respects fell silent as bells chimed to mark the 11th hour, alongside senior military officers, service veterans and civic dignitaries.

The Last Post was played to signal the beginning of the two-minute silence.

Wreaths were laid before a parade of servicemen, veterans and cadets was led by the Norwich Citadel Band to a service at Norwich Cathedral – accompanied by the fluttering standards of military associations.

Lord Mayor Marion Maxwell said: 'Many of us have relatives who served in the two world wars and we will be forever indebted to all those who gave their lives.'

Ralph Gayton, chairman of Norwich Royal British Legion, said: 'I think it went very well, it's always an impressive occasion.

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'There were good crowds, some started turning up about 9am and the cathedral was packed to the doors.'

He added: 'It was a good showing, it all round shows people are still wanting to reflect on the occasion.'

He said Remembrance Sunday was important not just to remember those who had died.

'It makes us look at the alternatives, which are too horrible to contemplate.'

In Great Yarmouth a large crowd gathered around the Cenotaph for the town's annual Remembrance Sunday service, led by rural dean Rev John Kinchin-Smith.

Great Yarmouth Brass band set the mood, as crowds began to gather, and by 10.50am the park was packed, as the service began.

Members of the military, scouting movement and police cadets were among those who paraded into the area, gathering with members of public around the Cenotaph.

Just before 11am the Last Post was played, followed by two solemn minutes of silent reflection, which was observed by all in attendance.

Following the silence, wreaths were laid on behalf of the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and several other organisations.

There were then prayers, hymns and poetry read, including a reading of the 'Inquisitive Mind of the Child;'.

Addressing the service, Rev Kinchin-Smith said: 'Remembrance Sunday is a day for thinking about those who gave the most a person can give - their lives.

'We remember with thanksgiving and sorrow those whose lives, in world wars and conflicts past and present, have been given and taken away.'

Collection buckets for the Royal British Legion were taking around during the final hymn, before the service finished with the National Anthem.

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