Watton remembers men lost at the Somme 100 years ago in whistle blowing ceremony

Whistle for the Somme service at Watton war memorial. Rev Gerry Foster and Royal British Legion chai

Whistle for the Somme service at Watton war memorial. Rev Gerry Foster and Royal British Legion chairman Alan Chilvers. - Credit: Archant

Watton joined towns across the UK in remembering the brave men who lost their lives 100 years ago at the Battle of the Somme.

Whistle for the Somme service at Watton war memorial. Rev Gerry Foster and Royal British Legion secr

Whistle for the Somme service at Watton war memorial. Rev Gerry Foster and Royal British Legion secretary/treasurer David Sell face the crowd. - Credit: Archant

Around 30 people attended a whistle blowing service, organised by the Watton Royal British Legion branch, at the town's war memorial on Thetford Road on Friday morning.

Branch secretary and treasurer David Sell gave a speech in remembrance of the men from Watton and the surrounding villages who were struck down in northern France during the four-month campaign in 1916, and branch chairman Alan Chilvers acted as standard bearer.

At 7.30pm Mr Sell blew three blasts on a whistle, in memory of the troops' signal to go over the top.

Three members of the Watton-based Phoenix Pipes and Drums band, Stan and Sue Hebborn and Richard Daplyn, played Flowers of the Forest and Mayor of Watton Beryl Bunning laid a poppy wreath on the memorial.

Whistle for the Somme service at Watton war memorial. Mayor Beryl Bunning lays a poppy wreath.

Whistle for the Somme service at Watton war memorial. Mayor Beryl Bunning lays a poppy wreath. - Credit: Archant


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An ex-army bugler played The Last Post and a two-minute silence was observed, then the Rev Gerry Foster, of St Mary's Church in Watton, led prayers for the fallen soldiers.

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