Lord Mayor calls for Norwich to remember its fallen

The Lord Mayor of Norwich has urged families to join her in remembering those who have given their lives for their country.

This week is Remembrance Week and two events at Norwich's war memorial will pay tribute to those who have fallen in conflict.

Lord Mayor of Norwich Jenny Lay said: 'This is a time for everyone to pause, take time to remember and pay respects to those who have given their lives or lost family and friends.

'It is so important that we stop to acknowledge the great sacrifices made for us during times of war and conflict, both past and present, and to hope we learn lessons from the past to enjoy peace in the future.'

The Lord Mayor will attend two events at Norwich's war memorial, which was turned around last year to face City Hall as part of the revamp of the Memorial Gardens.

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On Friday, veterans will gather there at 11am to commemorate Armistice Day – marking the end of hostilities on the Western Front in the First World War. And on Remembrance Sunday a service will be held by the war memorial at 10.35am, led by the Rev Peter Nokes, from St Peter Mancroft Church.

The Lord Mayor will lay the first wreath and a parade of ex-servicemen, members of the Royal British Legion, voluntary organisations, RAF Marham, Army, Navy and Air Force Cadets, led by the Norwich Citadel Band, will leave Gaol Hill at about 11.05am and head through the city for a second service at Norwich Cathedral at 11.40am.

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The public are invited to attend and watch. Viewing areas will be signed and there will be a designated area for wheelchair users. The Royal British Legion Poppy Shop will be in The Mall Norwich until Saturday, where people can buy wreaths, crosses and poppies.

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