Norwich war memorial to reopen before Remembrance Sunday

Thousands of people are expected to line Norwich's streets at a Remembrance Sunday event which will take place at the city's newly-opened war memorial.

Lord Mayor of Norwich Tom Dylan is to lead a service on November 14. This will be followed by a parade through the city centre and a second service at Norwich Cathedral.

Mr Dylan said: 'I would like to ask everyone to 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, as we do every year, the great sacrifices made for us during times of war and to hope that we are able to learn the lessons of the past in order to enjoy peace in the future.'

This year's Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day services will be held at the newly-refurbished war memorial on St Peter's Street, which has been turned to face City Hall in accordance with the long-held wishes of veterans.

Hoardings around the memorial are to be removed by Monday, meaning the memorial will be open to the public from this time and ready for Remembrance Week.

The Remembrance Sunday service will start at at 10.35am, when wreaths will be laid around the new memorial. The Lord Mayor will lay the first wreath on behalf of the city.

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After the service, a procession of ex-servicemen, members of the Royal British Legion, voluntary organisations, RAF Marham, army, navy and air force cadets will march through the city, led by the Norwich Citadel Band, to the service at Norwich Cathedral for 11.40am. The parade will leave Gaol Hill at around 11.05am and march along London Street, Opie Street, Castle Meadow, Agricultural Hall Plain, Upper King Street to the Cathedral for a salute to be taken in the Cathedral Upper Close.

In the event of wet weather, a wreath-laying service will be held in St Peter Mancroft church and attended by members of the parade and civic dignitaries. Public seating inside the church will be limited for this service, but everyone is welcome to attend the 11.40am service in Norwich Cathedral.

For a special report on the re-opening of the war memorial, see Monday's Evening News.