Hundreds across west Norfolk pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Day service at the Tower Gardens in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

Remembrance Day service at the Tower Gardens in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

At the stroke of 11am, the Tower Gardens in King's Lynn fell silent to remember those who lost their lives serving our country.

A procession of veterans, civic dignitaries and community organisations made their way from the Saturday Market Place to the town's war memorial where hundreds attended the poignant outdoor service for Remembrance Sunday.

Paul Richards, the Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk laid the first of the wreaths around the landmark monument, followed by Colin Manning, the mayor of West Norfolk and North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham.

Wreaths were also laid by Group Captain Rich Davies RAF Marham Station Commander and representatives from the United States Air Force. Prayers were led by The Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick, Bishop of Lynn.

Speaking afterwards, Michael Connolly, 73, who attended the service and served 30 years with the RAF, said: 'I attend this service every year and it is lovely to see so many people paying their respects.

'This is an excellent turn out.

Mr Connolly, of St Peter's Road, in West Lynn, added: 'I'm here today to remember my family and colleagues who are not here with us anymore.

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'When I stand in silence, I see their faces in my mind. I think of my uncle, who served; I think of my dear colleague who died in a Tornado crash in the late 1980s. I also think of my nephew who is in the Royal Signals at the moment.

'Of course we think about the ones who were killed in battle, but we must also consider those who are killed in training exercises as well.'

More than 50 wreaths have been laid around the War Memorial, more arrangements than ever before.

Following the service in the Tower Gardens, the procession then made its way to The Minster for a Remembrance Sunday service conducted by the Reverend Canon Christopher Ivory.

Remembrance Sunday services have also taken place at St Faith's Church, in Gaywood, and in Hunstanton.

In Downham Market, the parade will gather on the market square from 2pm ready for the service at the war memorial for 2.30pm. A special Remembrance Sunday service will take place at St Edmunds Church at 3pm.