North Norfolk pays tribute on Remembrance Sunday

Cromer Remembrance Day. Picture by Dave 'Hubba' Roberts

Cromer Remembrance Day. Picture by Dave 'Hubba' Roberts - Credit: Dave Hubba Roberts

Thousands turned out across north Norfolk to pay their respects for those who have sacrificed their lives in war.

At Cromer a parade through the main streets of the town was followed by a service at the parish church,

As wreaths were lain after the service at the war memorial outside the church, solemn music from Cromer and Sheringham Brass Band was played.

John Needham, chairman of the Cromer Royal British Legion branch, said: 'It is important that today is remembered, especially by young people. I do not think enough young people are aware of why they we are still here and around to speak English. They are ones they have got to keep it going.'

He paid tribute to all the youth groups who were supporting the Remembrance Day parade in Cromer. He said: 'They are the ones who will keep the flag flying for us.'

A large crowd turned out to pay their respects at Sheringham, where the Salvation Army Band led a parade through the town to the war memorial.

The band led townsfolk in the singing of the hymn Oh God Our Help in Ages Past and, as part of a service taken by the vicar of St Peter's Church and former forces chaplain, Rev Christian Heycocks, local Scouts and Brownies read the names of the fallen.

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Around 20 wreaths were laid by representatives from groups including the RNLI, the town council, Sheringham Chamber of Trade, Sheringham Women's Institute and the emergency services.

The town will mark Armistice Day on Wednesday with a church service at 10.45am at St Peter's with readings from Sheringham Primary School pupils.

Sheringham Town Under 10's football team also paused for a minute's silence prior to their match against Stoke Holy Cross on Sunday morning . The team and their coaches Matt Groves and Ray Gillett paid their respects by wearing a 'Poppies4Kits' poppy on their football kit.

In Stalham there was a parade march along the High Street, involving cadets, Scouting and Guide groups and Stalham Sea Scouts, followed by a service at the parish church, which was attended by a full congregation.

Rev Simon Lawrence, who wore his father's medals, led the church service. He said: 'It is good to see so many of our youth organisations and school represented at this service. We have much to think about today.'

In Mundesley a service was held at the Norfolk Landmine Clearance Memorial on the Green for the 26 men of the Royal Engineers Explosive Ordnance Clearance Unit who died clearing mines from Norfolk beaches 1944-1953.

As well as representatives from the coastguard and lifeboat teams, members of the 33 Engineer Regiment from Carver Barracks in Essex also helped reading out the names of the 26 men.

Arthur Hindley, chair of the Norfolk Landmine Clearance Memorial Committee, said: 'It is always a really good turn out for the service and it so nice people do this.'

Tommy O'Donoghue, 75, from Liverpool who instigated the setting up of the memorial, was also there to lay a wreath for the relatives of the 26 men. Mr O'Donoghue's father, Lance Sergeant Thomas O'Donoghue, was killed clearing mines in Norfolk.

A wreath was also laid on behalf of Bob Hucklesby from Dorset, whose regiment, the 18th Division Royal Engineers, laid the mines.

In Aylsham there was a parade followed by a service at Aylsham Parish Church. Hazel Kingswood from the women's section of the Aylsham Royal British legion, said Aylsham church was full of people paying tribute.

She said Rev Andrew Beane, vicar of Aylsham, had also made sure youngsters were able to participate in the service explaining to them why people wore poppies and that around 25 wreaths had been lain.

At North Walsham there was a wreath-laying and silent tribute at the war memorial in Memorial Park, which was followed by a parade through the town and a service at the parish church.

Colin Chambers, chairman of the North Walsham Royal British Legion, said: 'Homage was duly paid. In total 19 wreaths were laid and we were well supported by ex-service people. It was good to see all the children there as well in their uniforms.'

In Holt there was a parade followed by a service at the war memorial.