Cromer to hold 18 hour vigil to remember Battle of Passchendaele

PUBLISHED: 11:38 26 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:52 26 July 2017

Last year's vigil to remember the Battle of the Somme. Picture: David Pritchard

Last year's vigil to remember the Battle of the Somme. Picture: David Pritchard

David Pritchard

An 18-hour vigil will be held in Cromer to remember soldiers who lost their lives in the Battle of Passchendaele and mark the centenary of the bloody battle.

The event, jointly organised by Cromer Town Council, Cromer Parish Church and the Cromer Branch of the Royal British Legion, gets underway at the town’s war memorial on Sunday, July 30, at 6pm. It will include a display of World War One related items and end at noon on Monday.

A brief service led by the Curate of Cromer, the Rev. Peter Herbert will follow with a laying of wreaths.

Deputy Mayor David Pritchard said: “This will be the main event in Norfolk to commemorate the Battle of Passchendaele. As a town and community, the people of Cromer do what they can to remember and honour those who gave their life in military action and this is confirmed by the parade and packed church on Remembrance Sunday each year.”

The Battle of Passchendaele took place from July 31 to November 10, 1917 and has come to symbolise the enormous losses and dreadful conditions of the mud in the First World War.

Mr Pritchard added: “Cromer Church, the Royal British Legion and Cromer Town Council have all worked together so well during the centenary of World War One and this event is another example of the three groups continuing to acknowledge and honour the lives lost in conflict.”

Through the four years that mark the centenary, events have taken place in Cromer against a backdrop of fundraising to repair and renovate the Cromer War Memorial. Recently achieving an amount of £25,000 against a £42,000 target, the War Memorial Fund Raising Committee have recently appointed the contractor to conduct the work which commences early next year.

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