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Lowestoft remembrance parade 2014.

Lowestoft remembrance parade 2014. - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of hardy souls braved the rain to show their respect for the men and women of the British Armed Forces during a remembrance service in Lowestoft.

A parade of service personnel, local groups and organisations, cadets and veterans marched on to Royal Plain before the town's deputy mayor Malcolm Cherry welcomed the crowd.

Chaplain the Rev Mathew Payne, vicar of Christ Church, Lowestoft, led the service and spoke about the First World War and the lives that were still being lost in conflicts today. He led the crowd in prayers, hymns and the act of remembrance, with music from the Salvation Army Band. The vice lord-lieutenant of Suffolk John Kerr, MBE also gave a Bible reading.

Mr Cherry paid tribute to the late mayor Roger Bellham in his opening speech, asking people to take him in to their thoughts.

Mr Bellham had been expected to attend the event but died in James Paget University Hospital on Saturday morning from cancer. His widow, Jo, stepped in to lay a wreath on the war memorial on his behalf.

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Speaking after the service, Mr Cherry said: 'I felt Roger wanted to be here, in fact he was desperately hoping he would be well enough to make it.

'It affected me greatly and because I know he wanted to be here I rang Jo up and asked if she would lay the wreath on his behalf.'

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Lowestoft Town Football Club also paid their respects by observing a minute's silence during their game against Guiseley yesterday (Saturday).

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