PICTURES: Area pauses to remember war-fallen on day of poignant events
Thousands of people across the Diss Express area paid their respects to the war fallen in a number of poignant Remembrance day events on Sunday.
This year marked 70 years since the end of the Second World War.
Julian Mason,attending his first Remembrance event as mayor of the town, which attracted hundreds of spectators, said: “I was delighted with the turnout and the one thing that really pleased me was the number of youth organisations that took part in the parade, and the enthusiasm that they were showing for the whole event.
“There was a good public turnout, and the church was full, and it was good to see such a number of people who had the armed forces in the forefront of their mind on the day.”
Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter laid a wreath at a Remembrance service in Debenham.
Eddy Alcock OBE, chairman of the Debenham and District branch of the RBL, told the Diss Express there had been an “encouraging” turnout, with the church almost filled to capacity.
“As Branch Chairman, I was very grateful to Dr Dan Poulter for offering to come to Debenham this year as there are many other towns and villages in his constituency who would also have given him a sincere welcome,” he said.
“We are equally fortunate in having Major General Tony Pollard living in our midst and attending our Remembrance Service in his role as a Deputy Lieutenant and representing therefore our newly appointed Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Clare, Countess of Euston and laying his wreath in her name.”
A large American contingency was welcomed to All Saints Church in Dickleburgh for the village’s Remembrance service.
Members of staff from St Johns Hospital in Palgrave brought a paper mâché sculpture made by their patients to make them feel at home, with the church “packed” for the service.
There was a good public turnout, and the church was full, and it was good to see such a number of people who had the armed forces in the forefront of their mind on the day
And in Stradbroke there was a focus on youth.
The last post was sounded by Steve Cook, of the Castleton Brass Band, while Spencer Kent read out a poem at the baptist church, having won a competition at Stradbroke High School, organised by the RBL.
Stradbroke and District RBL branch chairman Michael Burton said the aim of the branch was to get “the youth involved in this great organisation”.