Remembrance Day events to commemorate the lost soldiers of war

PUBLISHED: 16:37 02 November 2018 | UPDATED: 16:37 02 November 2018

Thetford covered their Guidhall in knitted poppies. Picture: Ian Burt

Thetford covered their Guidhall in knitted poppies. Picture: Ian Burt

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Towns across the region will remember the fallen soldiers and the centenary of the end of the First World War next weekend.

In Thetford, a lone piper, Ray Russell, will play Battle’s O’er, a traditional Scottish air played after a battle along with other pipers across the country at 6am on Sunday, November 11.

A service and parade will then take place on the Market Square at 11am, followed by a First World War exhibition and poppy display in the Guildhall.

As darkness falls, a 100 person parade will form at Castle Hill at 6.30pm, and a torchlight parade will march from Castle Hill to the Market Square to take part in the Nations Tribute service which beings at 6.45pm.

At 6.55pm, the Last Post will be played after which the lights will go out and a beacon lit to signify the light of peace which emerged from the darkness of four years of war.

Then, at 7.05pm, David Rogers will ring the bells in St Peter’s Church along with more than 1,000 churches and cathedrals across the country.

Finally, Thetford’s Town Crier, Harry Turberville, will perform a specially written poem Cry for Peace Around the World which will end the service.

In Watton, people are invited to gather at the War Memorial for 2pm, before a march to the Sports Centre for refreshments and a brief service of thanks to those who gave their lives.

Military vehicles will be there to look at and transport those needing help to get to the Sports Centre.

The event is also open to all faiths and nationalities, and aims to commemorate the war dead, give thanks for their sacrifice, celebrate the centenary of the Royal Air Force and the end of the First World War.

Tina Kiddell, mayor of Watton, said the event was about “remembrance, commemoration, celebration, and education”.

In Brandon, people will gather at Brandon Leisure Centre before a march to St Peter’s Church for a remembrance service.

A march to the war memorial will follow, with a wreath laying ceremony at 11am.

Then, at 2.30pm, there will be a commemoration of 100 years since Poland’s independence at the Polish Memorial in Brandon Cemetery.

The lighting of Brandon’s beacon of light, as part of the nationwide ceremony, will take place at 7pm at St Peter’s Church.

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