Great Yarmouth pays tributes to World War I fallen heroes in St George’s Park service

Tributes are paid to fallen soldiers at Great Yarmouth St George's Park

Tributes are paid to fallen soldiers at Great Yarmouth St George's Park - Credit: David Hannant

Poignant tributes were paid to fallen heroes in Great Yarmouth's St George's Park this morning.

Dozens of crosses were laid in front of the park's Cenotaph at 11am, as a crowd of people paid their respects to those killed in service, ahead of Armistice Day.

A sombre moment of silence was observed by all, as people remembered those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the military during the First World War.

Great Yarmouth mayor Malcolm Bird was among those who gathered, and The Rev Jemma Sander-Heys led a short prayer as around 30 crosses bearing poppies were placed in formation on the ground.

Retired Lt Col Terry Byrne, president of the Norfolk and Norwich Branch of the Royal Army Service Corps, said: 'As a former serviceman, it means a great deal to me that these people who gave their lives are appreciated and remembered.

'It is also massively important to serving soldiers to know that were they to ever make that ultimate sacrifice, that they too would be respected and commemorated.'

The 69-year-old of Winterton added: 'The placing of crosses is about allowing an individual to commemorate a person close to them, which makes it more personal to that person.'

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People of Great Yarmouth will have further opportunity to pay tribute to those who gave their lives later this week, with another service to be held at 10.55am at the same location on Friday.

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