Services held across south Norfolk for Remembrance Sunday

Fallen servicemen were remembered across south Norfolk on Sunday with a number of armistice parades.

Hundreds of people turned out across the region to mark Remembrance Sunday and remember those that lost their lives defending Britain's freedom.

In Diss, Canon Tony Billett led a two minute silence outside St Mary's Church with his congregation, members of the Royal British Legion, and members of the public.

An annual parade and wreath laying was then held at the memorial outside the church in the afternoon followed by a service of remembrance in St Mary's Church.

A two minute silence as also held in Wymondham at the war memorial followed by a parade from the Market Place to the memorial in the afternoon for wreath laying, followed by a service in Wymondham Abbey.


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Ann Rogerson from the Royal British Legion said the event was well-attended and added: 'We had the City of Norwich Pipe Band lead the way and it was all very nice.

'We always have a good turnout but I think this year was even better.'

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Meanwhile in Attleborough, the Royal British Legion lead a Remembrance Sunday parade from Edenside Drive to St Mary's Church in Church Street.

Elswehere in the area, a service was held in Stradbroke which started around the village war memorial with a short service conducted by the Rev Susan Loxton with wreath laying and the Last Post, followed by a service in All Saints Church.

A two minute silence took place outside the war memorial in Harleston and a ceremony took place at the war memorial in Eye. Local community groups then took part in a procession to the church.

At Old Buckenham Airfield a memorial garden, created on part of a former lawn at the airfield to commemorates the 366 USAAF servicemen who died whilst serving from the former RAF Old Buckenham during the second world war, was blessed.

The centre piece of the garden is the existing granite memorial, in the shape of a B-24 Bomber tail plate, which was moved by the East England Military Museum and a blue slate path has been laid in the shape of an 8 to commemorate the 8th Air Force.

The Remembrance Sunday service formed part of the airfield's Wings and Wheels event, at which classic car owners and pilots were encouraged to visit.

Hethersett Parish Church was full for the 2012 Remembrance Sunday Service. The service was preceded by two minutes' silence - fittingly at 11am on the 11th day of the eleventh month - and the laying of wreaths on the village war memorial.

The Guides, Scouts, Brownies, Beavers and Cubs marched to the church from the centre of the village. Duncan Pigg once again read out the names of those who had died during the two World Wars and also the Cyprus campaign prior to the last post being played – a total of 30 men.

Wreaths were laid by representatives of the youth organisations, the pensioners' association, schools, Hethersett Parish Council and churches.

Inside the church the service of remembrance was led by The Rev Canon Graham Drake who spoke of the need to remember the men who had made the ultimate sacrifice for 'truth, justice and freedom.'

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