All night Battle of Somme vigil at Cromer church
Children as young as six and veterans in their 80s took turns throughout Thursday night to stand vigil around Cromer’s war memorial, a vigil which continued until noon on Friday.
Beavers, cubs and scouts from 1st Cromer Sea Scouts were among the first to take their stand around the churchyard memorial, to pay tribute to pay tribute to the many lives lost during the Battle of the Somme, which started on July 1 1916. The battle claimed 19,000 British lives on the first day.
The vigil, organised by David Pritchard, began at 6pm and involved around 30 people from a range of organisations. Cromer mayor Tim Adams and his deputy, John Frosdick, covered the 2am-4am period. The vigil ended at noon on Friday with a service and the laying of wreaths especially designed by the Royal British Legion to mark the centenary.
Elsewhere in the region, some 50 people gathered in North Walsham churchyard early at 7.30am on Friday morning to remember those killed in the battle.
They gathered around the East window of North Walsham Parish Church, which is dedicated to the town's First World War victims, for the Somme centenary ceremony. Colin Chambers, chairman of North Walsham Royal British Legion (RBL) blew three short blasts on a whistle at 7.30am, the time the order was given for the soldiers to go “over the top”. Four North Walsham men were those killed on the first day.
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