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