Array of events planned for communities across Norfolk and Suffolk for Remembrance
Communities across the region will come together to pay their respects of Remembrance to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice with a series of events later this month.
This year marks 70 years since the end of the Second World War.
In Diss, the ceremony will begin at 2pm, beginning outside the United Reform Church in Mere Street.
It will consist of an assembly, march with a salute, a Service of Dedication and Service of Remembrance with a laying of wreaths at the war memorial, a silent tribute, and the sounding of The Last Post.
A Remembrance Service will be held in St Mary’s Church at 3pm. Road closures will be in effect from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
A long-standing tradition, dating back to the 1920s, will be upheld in North Lopham this year to mark Armistice Day on Wednesday, November 11.
The event had been led for many years by members the local branch of the Royal British Legion. But despite their closure in the last year, the local community have pitched-in to organise the day this year.
A spokesperson for this year’s event said: “As the number of veterans has dwindled, the organisation has been shared with the parish council and church members.
“The veterans were very keen to keep the memories alive and vivid, so junior pupils from St Andrew’s School in the village not only attend the ceremony, but also play an increasing part.
“They share in wreath laying and the words of the ceremony; plant crosses, sing a Remembrance song and for 2015, one pupil will accompany the National Anthem on her trumpet.”
There will also be American involvement this year with a US Honour Guard. A memorial to fallen US airmen, commemorating lives lost when two US planes from the 96th Bomb Group, based at Snetterton, collided in thick fog over the Lophams in January 1945, was dedicated in 2002.
Proceedings begin at 10.45am with the arrival of the school children. The Honour Guard take up their position at 10.50am
Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter will lay a wreath in Debenham on Remembrance Sunday this year, which begins at the village’s war memorial at 10.43am.
A prayer will be read at 10.50am, followed by the names of those being commemorated being rea.
Wreaths will be then be laid, with a two-minutes silence taking place at 11am. The service continues in the church.
In Eye, people are asked to meet at the fire station at 10.30pm, with the parade due to set off at 10.45am. There will be a service at the war memorial at 11am, with a service to follow at St Peter and St Paul’s Church.
There will be road closures in the town between 10.30am and 12pm.
On Remembrance Sunday in Harleston, the parade will assemble in Market Place at 10.30am.
Set to be led by the Royal British Legion, it will depart at 10,45am, going through the Thoroughfare and round into Broad Street. The parade will arrive at the memorial at 11am, with a short service and the laying of wreaths to take place.
The service of Remembrance will be held at 11.15am at St John’s Church in Broad Street.
In the event of inclement weather, an announcement will be made in Market Place at 10.30am.
On Armistice Day, Wednesday, November 11, a short service and silence will be held at the war memorial in Broad Street.
In Stradbroke on Remembrance Sunday, people are asked to meet at the memorial at 10.50am.
There will be a short service, followed by a wreath laying, followed by a Remembrance service at Stradbroke Baptist Church. All are welcome.
Elsewhere, the Remembrance service in Wortham will begin at the war memorial for the laying of a wreath 10.45am, following by a full service at St Mary’s Church.
In Burgate, the Remembrance service will take place at St Mary of Pity Church at 10.45am.