Remembrance weekend at Mid Norfolk church
St Andrew’s Church in North Pickenham will be hosting a weekend of remembrance events this month to honour the centenary of the start of World War I and the anniversary of the arrival of American Bomber Groups during the Second World War.
St Andrews Church
in North Pickenham
is planning a weekend of events in remembrance of World Wars I and II on May 24 and 25
The village near Swaffham
has strong links with the Second World War
as the former airfield, RAF North Pickenham
, hosted American B24 Liberator bombers, including the American 491st and 492nd Bomber Groups
which arrived 70 years ago in 1944.
For many years following the War, veterans would return to visit the site and come to the church which displays an American memorial. Families of veterans remain in touch to this day.
, organiser of the weekend said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for the whole community to get together and remember those who gave their lives for our freedom, not only men and women from our own United Kingdom but those who travelled far from their own home to help keep us safe.
"During the Second World War Norfolk was littered with airfields and North Pickenham is only one of them, but we invite everyone to join with us to remember the ultimate sacrifice made here by so many.”
On Saturday May 24, 7pm
there will be a Memorial Concert
led by the Phoenix Singers
. There will be songs and readings from the 1940s, and guests are invited to wear period dress although this will be optional. Tickets are £5.
On Sunday May 25
, a special Remembrance Service
will be held at 3pm
. There will be times of reflection with the dedication of commemorative kneelers.
For more information about the events please contact Carolyn Vincent by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photograph copyright: Simon Knott