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Norwich & Norfolk Remembrance 2018

Remembrance Day marked across Norwich and Norfolk

Communities and churches across Norwich and Norfolk marked a very special Remembrance Day this year on the centenary of the Armistice, ending the First World War. 

In Norwich City Centre, huge crowds gathered near City Hall and the War Memorial and Memorial Gardens as a service of remembrance took place around the 11am two minutes’ silence.

Vicar of St Peter Mancroft Church, Rev Edward Carter, led the service which including wreaths laid by veterans, civic and military dignitaries.

The Last Post was sounded by a bugler from Norwich Salvation Army Citadel and then its band led a procession of armed forces and cadets across the city to Norwich Anglican Cathedral where Lord Lieutenant Richard Jewson took the salute before a service of remembrance at which Bishop Graham James preached.

In the evening a Service of Light took place at Norwich Anglican Cathedral followed by a candle-lit procession back to the War Memorial for a short service.

“At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”

Hundreds of people gathered around the war memorial in Wymondham on Sunday November 11 for a time to remember and reflect. All of the churches in the town worked together with the Royal British Legion to lead the two minutes’ of silence followed by a short time of worship. It was a very moving experience for veterans and civilians alike as the 143 names of those from the town who lost their lives in the Great War were read out, reports Rev John Potter from the United Reformed Church.

Remembrance events in Sheringham on Saturday November 10 included a send-off of the wooden tommies that had been stationed all over Sheringham during the run-up to Armistice Day. They gathered on the platform at the North Norfolk Railway then, following a time of music and refreshments, and a blessing by local minister Ian Savory, they departed on a steam train. Later in the evening, St Peters Church hosted “Music for Remembrance” by the Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society.

Remembrance Sunday started with a parade and wreath-laying ceremony at the town’s war memorial, followed by the town Remembrance Service at St Peter’s Church. The “Battle’s Over” beacon-lighting ceremony followed at 7pm on the Leas on the cliff top.

Typical of villages across Norfolk, Wreningham, south of Norwich, saw a service of remembrance at All Saints Church followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the war memorial outside the church. A wreath was laid by Michael Hill, chairman of Wreningham Parish Council. Around 40 people attended and £121 was collected for the British Legion. The church bells were rung at 11am and again at 12.30pm, as was Big Ben in London, at the start of the international bell-ringing to mark the Armistice.

Mousehold Hub Messy Church in Norwich marked Armistice Day a day early on the afternoon of Saturday, November 10.  Around 70 children and adults joined together to make Remembrance themed crafts including a commemorative mosaic.  This was followed by a short service led by Rev Mark Fairweather Tall on the theme of sacrifice which included a time of quiet where adults and children were invited to lay a leaf at the foot of a gratitude tree.

Even the traffic on the Newmarket Road through Eaton in Norwich fell silent for the Armistice Centenary two-minute silence at crowds gathered around the War Memorial in the village, reports Rosalind Wright. 

Across Norfolk at 7pm, beacons were lit and churches sounded their bells to mark the centenary of the Armistice and the end of the Great War and to pray for peace in our world.

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Article printed from at 21:19 on 09 April 2020