East Anglia prepares to mark Remembrance Day

Last year's Remembrance ceremony and service at Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith

Last year's Remembrance ceremony and service at Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Bill Smith - Archant

People will gather at war memorials around the region on Sunday to remember those who have given their lives in times of conflict.

In Norwich, the city's deputy lord mayor James Wright will attend a parade and service of remembrance at the memorial outside City Hall.

He said: 'This is a time for all to take a moment and remember those who have given their lives or lost family and friends.

'People across all ages have great respect for our armed forces and Sunday provides a moment for us all to take time and acknowledge the great sacrifices made during times of war. Let us hope, too, that we learn lessons from the past to enjoy peace in the future.'

Richard Jewson, the lord lieutenant of Norfolk, will lay the first wreath on Norwich's war memorial, and a parade of ex-servicemen, members of the Royal British Legion, voluntary organisations, RAF Marham, Royal Anglians, army, navy and air force cadets will be led by the Norwich Citadel Band.


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In Great Yarmouth, The Rev Canon Christopher Terry, of Great Yarmouth Minster, will officiate in an ecumenical service, which will involve ministers from various Christian denominations, and 11 white doves will be released as a symbol of peace.

Meanwhile, Royal British Legion standard bearers will lead parades through Dereham and Fakenham on Sunday, while civic leaders, scout and guide groups lay wreaths at the war memorials and say prayers for those who did not return from war, the wounded, and those who are engaged in conflict.

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North Norfolk District Council's car parks will be free on Remembrance Sunday, from 8am-6pm.

In Cromer, the remembrance parade will be led by the TS Warrior Naval Cadet Corps Band. The salute will be taken at the junction of Hamilton Road and Church Street (outside Lloyd's Bank). Cromer and Sheringham Brass Band, together with the organ, will play the church hymns, Last Post and Reveille.

In Thetford, a Remembrance Parade will be held from the Market Place, starting at 10.30am.

This will consist of a civic parade by the mayor and councillors with Lady Kay Fisher, a former Tory councillor in Harling and Heathlands ward, near Thetford, and the High Sheriff of Norfolk, the Countess of Leicester, in attendance, alongside representatives from RAF Honington, Lakenheath and Mildenhall.

Services are also being held across the region on Armistice Day, Monday, November 11.

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