Remembrance Sunday is marked at services across south Norfolk

At Old Buckenham Airfield 20,000 poppies were dropped from an aircraft during the service. Photo: Tr

At Old Buckenham Airfield 20,000 poppies were dropped from an aircraft during the service. Photo: Trish Thompson. - Credit: Archant

At remembrance services across south Norfolk today, people gathered in their hundreds to pay respect to those who gave their lives in conflict.

In Attleborough the town fell silent at 11am as residents and veterans reflected on the sacrifices made by service personnel for their country.

Large numbers of people turned out in the town to witness the service in tribute to the war dead.

The Remembrance Sunday parade formed at Edenside Drive for 10.30am before setting off to the war memorial for the annual service and wreath laying ceremony.

The town's memorial lists all the men from Attleborough who gave their lives in the First and Second World War and the Korean War.

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In Diss, an afternoon event saw young and old line Mere Street to watch the parade as the bells of Diss Parish Church rang out in front of more than 1,000 people.

The parade of veterans and representatives from local organisations and groups was headed by the Salvation Army Band as it walked from the United Reform Church to the town's war memorial.

Canon A. Billet led the dedication of the names on the memorial, the silent tribute and the laying of the wreaths.

A service of remembrance then took place in St. Mary's Church.

In Harleston hundreds of people turned out for remembrance events which started with a parade from the Market Place to the town memorial in Broad Street.

A short service took place with bugler, Jack Seamen, a year 11 student from Archbishop Sancroft High School, playing the Last Post.

Following the laying of more than 30 wreaths by representatives from Harleston's groups and organisations, a service of remembrance took place at St John's Church.

At the beginning of November Harleston's flag force team put up remembrance flags on buildings throughout the town as part of the town's commemorations.

At Old Buckenham Airfield a spectacular sight accompanied their remembrance service when 20,000 poppies were dropped from an aircraft flown by Nigel Willson and Debbie Leggett.

Wreaths were laid by Lt Col Bernard Smith of RAF Lakenheath, Geoffrey Lynch OBE on behalf of the airfield and Agnes Ramm on behalf of the 453rd Bombardment Group Memorial Association.

The Star Spangled Banner was played in honour of the US and the Last Post was sounded by Willie Cruickshank.

The service was led by retired RAF serviceman James Clarey, curator of the airfield's new museum to the 453rd Bomb Group.

After the service the museum was ceremoniously opened by Agnes Ramm in front of the 200-strong crowd which included several relatives of those who had served from the base during the Second World War.

The museum will permanently open to the public in March 2016.

In Thetford more than 1,000 people gathered to remember the fallen at a morning service led by Canon Bob Baker.

The parade, marshalled by John Waine, saw 500 veterans, civic dignitaries and organisations wind their way from Tanner Street car park up to the town's market place before the service began and the Last Post and Reveille was sounded.

The service was attended by Mayor of Thetford Robert Kybird, MP for South West Norfolk Elizabeth Truss, the High Sheriff of Norfolk Nicholas Pratt and the Deputy Lieutenant Lady Kay Fisher.

During the service wreaths were laid at the town's war memorial.

In Wymondham, hundreds of people crossing all generations turned out to remember the fallen at an afternoon remembrance service.

Organisations representing servicemen and women and local youth groups formed the parade which left Market Cross at 2.30pm and headed towards the war memorial for a service and wreath laying ceremony.

The congregation then made their way to Wymondham Abbey for a service at 3.15pm.