Thousands pay their respects at Remembrance Sunday commemoration in Norwich

The Act of Remembrance service at the Norwich War Memorial. The standard bearers. Picture: DENISE BR

The Act of Remembrance service at the Norwich War Memorial. The standard bearers. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Thousands of people gathered in Norwich city centre to remember those who gave their lives in conflict.

This morning's Remembrance Sunday ceremony, which took place under grey skies, saw representatives of the armed forces and emergency services join civic dignitaries in laying wreaths at the Norwich War Memorial.

The Last Post, played by a bugler on the balcony of City Hall, rang out across the Market Place, and was followed by a perfectly observed two minute silence.

The Rev Robert Avery, of St Peter Mancroft Church, led the commemoration, and told the crowd: 'We remember with thanksgiving and gratitude those who have given their lives in the service and defence of our country, and in the cause of peace.

'We pray for all who, in bereavement, disability or pain, continue to suffer the consequences of fighting and terror, and we commit ourselves to work in penitence and faith for reconciliation between the nations, that all people may live together in freedom, justice and peace.'

A group of veterans received warm applause as the Norwich Citadel Band led them on a parade through the city centre and on to Norwich Cathedral, where a packed Remembrance Day Service was held.

The Lord Mayor, Brenda Arthur, said: 'It is both with deep respect and gratitude, we remember those who have lost their lives in wars and conflicts, past and present.

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'I would also like to take a moment to think of the many men and women who continue to dedicate their lives to the pursuit of peace, their families, and other loved ones.'