PHOTO GALLERY: Norwich remembers those who made the ultimate sacrifice in war

Hundreds of people gathered at Norwich's war memorial to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in war.

People across Norwich paid a poignant tribute to servicemen and women who have given their lives in times of conflict.

As the clock struck 11am today the city fell silent as people young and old observed two minutes' silence as a mark of respect to all those heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

A number of events took place to mark Armistice Day - the anniversary of the end of hostilities on the western front in the first world war.

At Norwich's war memorial opposite City Hall hundreds of people - including war veterans, dignitaries and members of the public - turned out to join the act of remembrance led by the Rev Peter Nokes, of St Peter Mancroft Church.

Crowds gathered at the war memorial which was flanked by standard bearers throughout the service.

Ernie Green, chairman of the Norwich branch of the Royal British Legion, said: 'I was so proud to see so many people remembering the fallen. It is so important.

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'The two minutes' silence was honoured - you could hear a pin drop - and for a busy city like Norwich to fall quite silent it was very poignant.'

Brian Wilson, chairman of the Norfolk and Norwich Combined Ex-Servicemen's Association and the Royal Signals Association, said: 'It is all about the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. It is a very important day to remember.

'Yesterday was a very good turnout. Thank-you to everybody who came to show their support.'

Ray Self, 86, from Ipswich Road, served in the Royal Navy as a seaman gunner during the second world war and was involved in the Normandy landings.

'We must never forget, and we must forever impress on people how important this day is,' said Mr Self, a member of the Norwich Branch of the Royal Naval Association, and who also added that it was equally important to think about the men and women currently serving in the armed forces.

Jenny Lay, the Lord Mayor of Norwich, said: 'I have got a lot of respect for the veterans. They went through a lot in both wars and they lost a lot of their comrades. I think it is important to attend these acts of remembrance to honour the memory of those who died for their country.'

At City College Norwich staff and students took part in a service led by College Chaplain Clive Blackman, and they were joined by members of the Norfolk branch of the Royal British Legion and Major Mike Robinson from the Armed Forces Careers Office.

College principal Dick Palmer said: 'The annual service of remembrance at the college gives our students and staff the opportunity to remember the sacrifices made by members of our armed forces and was once again very well attended.'

In Great Yarmouth more than 100 people gathered in the Market Place to observe two minutes' silence at 11am. A crowd of shoppers assembled in front of Palmer's department store for the service led by Rev Chris Terry and deputy mayor Michael Jeal.

At Norwich's war memorial on Sunday, the Lord Mayor will attend a service of remembrance at 10.35am and will lay the first wreath on behalf of the city. The service will be led by the Rev Peter Nokes and be followed by a parade through the city centre to Norwich Cathedral, where a second service of remembrance will be held at 11.40am.

The parade, which will be led by the Norwich Citadel Band, will include members of the Royal British Legion, voluntary organisations, RAF Marham, and Army, Navy and Air Force cadets.

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