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Hundreds turn out to remember First World War fallen across South Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 11:54 12 November 2018

Remembrance Day parade through Diss before the centenary of the First World War armistice was marked at the war memorial at church. Picture: Bobby Kilkenny

Remembrance Day parade through Diss before the centenary of the First World War armistice was marked at the war memorial at church. Picture: Bobby Kilkenny

Bobby Kilkenny

It was the war to end all wars in which millions of people died on the battlefields of Europe and further afield. A hundred years on South Norfolk paid its respects to the fallen and marked the armistice.

Service and wreath laying at Harleston war memorial marking the cententary of the First World War armistice. Picture: Ian CarstairsService and wreath laying at Harleston war memorial marking the cententary of the First World War armistice. Picture: Ian Carstairs

Remembrance Sunday this year marked 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Not a single community in Norfolk was left untouched by the conflict which changed the social landscape of the country forever.

Wreaths laid at Harleston war memorial marking the cententary of the First World War armistice. Picture: Hannah FraryWreaths laid at Harleston war memorial marking the cententary of the First World War armistice. Picture: Hannah Frary

Towns and villages, communities and groups large and small, paid their respects with special exhibitions to concerts to remembrance parades and services to honour those who fought and fell.

The remembrance Sunday Parade from the Mere Mouth to St Mary’s Church in Diss saw one of the largest turn outs for many years involving young and old: former servicemen and young scouts and cadets marching together in solidarity.

Remembrance Day parade through Diss before the centenary of the First World War armistice was marked at the war memorial at church. Picture: Bobby KilkennyRemembrance Day parade through Diss before the centenary of the First World War armistice was marked at the war memorial at church. Picture: Bobby Kilkenny

Large crowds lined Mere Street to watch as the bells of Diss Parish Church rang out before the solemn laying of wreaths at the war memorial followed by a church service.

Wreaths were also laid at the memorial in Roydon followed in the evening by a special Roydon Remembers that saw the church tower illuminated, 100 tolls of the bell, the lighting of a beacon and an outdoor service including reading of names of those who served from Roydon.

Former and current servicemen and women were amongst the Remembrance Day parade through Diss before the centenary of the First World War armistice was marked at the war memorial at church. Picture: Bobby KilkennyFormer and current servicemen and women were amongst the Remembrance Day parade through Diss before the centenary of the First World War armistice was marked at the war memorial at church. Picture: Bobby Kilkenny

There was a large turn-out in Harleston where the town’s parade from the Market Place culminated with wreath laying at the newly refurbished war memorial. The revamped memorial garden, opened on Saturday, includes striking new benches marked ‘Lest We Forget’ and featuring poppies and doves of peace.

In Long Stratton the A140 was closed to allow for the parade and remembrance wreath laying at the war memorial followed by a church service.

Remembrance Day parade through Harleston marking cententary of the First World War armistice. Picture: Hannah FraryRemembrance Day parade through Harleston marking cententary of the First World War armistice. Picture: Hannah Frary

In Dickleburgh the day began with at 6am with a piper playing the traditional Scottish lament ‘Battle’s O’er’ at the war memorial where, joined by other villages, including Starston, Thelveton, Shimpling, at 11am following the laying of wreaths a bugler played the Last Post.

A beacon was lit in the evening followed by the ringing of All Saints Church bells before Dickleburgh Town Crier joins the international cry for peace.

Harleston war memorial at the centre of the revamped memorial garden opened to mark the cententary of the First World War armistice. Picture: Ian CarstairsHarleston war memorial at the centre of the revamped memorial garden opened to mark the cententary of the First World War armistice. Picture: Ian Carstairs

At the Norfolk Tank Museum at Forncett St Peter a special Armistice Day commemoration included displays including artefacts and ‘Forncett’s Great War Project’, a tribute to the men of Forncett who fought in the First World War.

A commemoration service in the museum hanger included poems, readings, music and remembrance of the local soldiers who fought and died, before a piper played ‘Battle’s Over’ and museum’s own bugler sounded The Last Post. A flaming arrow then lit the Battle’s Over First World War Beacon.

One of the new benches at the Harleston memorial garden, unveiled to mark the cententary of the First World War armistice. Picture: Hannah FraryOne of the new benches at the Harleston memorial garden, unveiled to mark the cententary of the First World War armistice. Picture: Hannah Frary

Norfolk Tank Museum�s First World War replica tank was amongst a day of events making the armistice centenary. Picture: Alex LayzellNorfolk Tank Museum�s First World War replica tank was amongst a day of events making the armistice centenary. Picture: Alex Layzell

The remembrance service in the hanger at Norfolk Tank Museum, part of a day of events making the armistice centenary. Picture: Alex LayzellThe remembrance service in the hanger at Norfolk Tank Museum, part of a day of events making the armistice centenary. Picture: Alex Layzell

Piper playing �Battle�s Over� at Norfolk Tank Museum in Forncett after a flaming arrow lit the Battle�s Over First World War Beacon. Picture: Alex LayzellPiper playing �Battle�s Over� at Norfolk Tank Museum in Forncett after a flaming arrow lit the Battle�s Over First World War Beacon. Picture: Alex Layzell

Hundreds joined the Remembrance Day parade through Diss before to pay their resp[ects and mark the centenary of the First World War armistice. Picture: Bobby KilkennyHundreds joined the Remembrance Day parade through Diss before to pay their resp[ects and mark the centenary of the First World War armistice. Picture: Bobby Kilkenny

Former and current servicemen and women were amongst the Remembrance Day parade through Diss before the centenary of the First World War armistice was marked at the war memorial at church. Picture: Bobby KilkennyFormer and current servicemen and women were amongst the Remembrance Day parade through Diss before the centenary of the First World War armistice was marked at the war memorial at church. Picture: Bobby Kilkenny

Servicemen and women joined the Remembrance Day parade through Diss before to pay their resp[ects and mark the centenary of the First World War armistice. Picture: Bobby KilkennyServicemen and women joined the Remembrance Day parade through Diss before to pay their resp[ects and mark the centenary of the First World War armistice. Picture: Bobby Kilkenny

Norfolk fire service personel  joined the Remembrance Day parade through Diss before to pay their resp[ects and mark the centenary of the First World War armistice. Picture: Bobby KilkennyNorfolk fire service personel joined the Remembrance Day parade through Diss before to pay their resp[ects and mark the centenary of the First World War armistice. Picture: Bobby Kilkenny

Youngsters from local scout and guide groups joined the Remembrance Day parade through Diss before to pay their resp[ects and mark the centenary of the First World War armistice. Picture: Bobby KilkennyYoungsters from local scout and guide groups joined the Remembrance Day parade through Diss before to pay their resp[ects and mark the centenary of the First World War armistice. Picture: Bobby Kilkenny

Hundreds joined the Remembrance Day parade through Diss before to pay their resp[ects and mark the centenary of the First World War armistice. Picture: Bobby KilkennyHundreds joined the Remembrance Day parade through Diss before to pay their resp[ects and mark the centenary of the First World War armistice. Picture: Bobby Kilkenny

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