More than 500 children from all 12 primary schools around Fakenham take part in special Remembrance competition

An award evening was held at Raynham Hall to present the prizes for a Royal British Legion competiti

An award evening was held at Raynham Hall to present the prizes for a Royal British Legion competition for drawing and writting poems about poppies entered by schools in the Fakenham area - From left, Diane Boisson, Lord Townshend, Toby Pollcot-Reid, Ken Thomas, Ella Newstead, John Boisson and winner Alice Hobbs. Picture: Matthew Usher.

They designed poppy pictures or penned poems which were judged by the town's Royal British Legion branch.

Winners and runners-up were invited to Raynham Hall for an awards ceremony hosted by its president, Lord Townshend.

'It is at this special time of year that we commemorate all British and Commonwealth servicemen and women who fought and died for us,' he said. 'It is worth remembering that it is because of their sacrifice we have our freedoms today.

'The competitions were very keenly supported, with all 12 primary schools in the district taking part with over 500 entries.

'The quality of the poems and pictures submitted was excellent and all the entrants, tesachers and schools should be congratulated for their brilliant work, which is so relevant at this poignant time of year.

'And all those successful entries here today deserve a very special well done, as your work was outstanding amongst very tough competition.'

Organiser John Boisson from the British Legion branch said: 'The competition was fantastic. I'm extremely humbled and proud of all the chilrdren.'