Dereham roadworks postponed as mark of respect to fallen paratrooper

Roadworks due to begin in the centre of Dereham on Monday have been postponed to allow the funeral procession of a fallen paratrooper to take place.

Theatre Street was set to be closed for resurfacing work until March 11.

But Norfolk County Council has agreed to postpone the improvements as a mark of respect to mourners of Pte Lewis Hendry.

It will allow his funeral procession to move unhindered through the town on Wednesday (March 2).

The soldier, of 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment, was killed on February 9 while on patrol in Afghanistan, just three days before his 21st birthday.

Hundreds are expected to line the streets of Dereham to show their respects as Pte Hendry is buried with full military honours.

The private 1.30pm service at St Nicholas' Church and a committal ceremony at Northgate Cemetery will be for family members and close friends only.

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The cortege is set to leave the church at about 2.15pm and will move at walking pace along Church Street, turning left on to the market place. It will pass the town's war memorial before turning right along Theatre Street and is expected to arrive at the cemetery at 2.35pm.

The planned roadworks will now begin on Thursday March 3.