Record turn-out for Gorleston Act of Remembrance
About 100 people braved the blustery conditions on Monday and marked Armistice Day at the traditional Act of Remembrance in Gorleston Old Cemetery.
The ceremony, which was led by Rev Matthew Price, vicar of St Mary Magdalene Church, was attended by the Mayor of Great Yarmouth, Cllr. Michael Jeal, who led the wreath laying on behalf of the people of the borough. Wreaths were also laid by representatives from the Great Yarmouth branch of the Royal British Legion, and children from both Peterhouse Church of England Academy and Ormiston Herman Academy laid handmade tributes.
Mr Paul Williams, Chairman of Great Yarmouth branch the Royal British Legion, recited the traditional remembrance words from Laurence Binyon’s poem “For the Fallen” and the Kohima Epitaph as the assembled congregation observed the traditional silence at 11am. Mr Williams’ wife, Irene, who is Secretary of the branch, read the poem, “Please Wear a Poppy”. Frankie Ayers, founder of the East Coast Sinfonietta, played both the Last Post and Reveille.
Joan Lobban who, on behalf of the Gorleston-on-Sea Heritage group, had organised many of the practicalities for the ceremony, said, “it was the best turn out we’ve ever had for the Act of Remembrance. It’s wonderful to see it growing!” Mrs. Lobban also paid tribute to Cooperative Funeral Care of Church Lane, Gorleston who had designed and printed the orders of service for the ceremony without charge.
Rev Matthew Price said, “it was my privilege to be involved in the act of remembrance. It was particularly moving that so many children were present.”
The Act of Remembrance in Gorleston is an annual event which was first initiated by Rev Linda Ricketts who was Vicar of St Mary Magdalene until August 2017.
The pictures above are courtesy of Anna Price.
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