South Norfolk events marking centenary of end of the First World War
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It was The Great War, the war to end all wars in which millions of people died on the battlefields of Europe and further afield.
The lives of many more were irreversibly affected and not a single community in Norfolk was left untouched by the conflict which changed the social landscape of the country forever.
Remembrance this year will mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. And from special exhibitions to concerts to remembrance parades and services, there are a number of events across South Norfolk to honour those who fought and fell.
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• Hundreds of people will line the town's streets for the Remembrance Day celebrations on November 11. Following a remembrance ceremony at war memorial at 11am, the parade will leave the Market Place at 2pm led by the Norwich Pipe Band followed by a service in Wymondham Abbey.
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• Remembrance and Renewal, a concert at Wymondham Abbey, on November 24, 7.30pm, will feature Wymondham Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Parnell, performing works by Holst, Butterworth, Elgar's Nimrod, and the Pastoral Symphony by Vaughan Williams, with tenor Jack Evans. Tickets £14 (door), £12 (advance), £2 children.
• Attleborough will fall silent at 11am on November 11 as residents and veterans reflect on the sacrifices made by service personnel for their country. Large numbers of people always turned out in the town to witness the service in tribute to the war dead. The Remembrance Sunday parade forms at Edenside Drive for 10.30am before setting off to the war memorial for the annual service and wreath laying ceremony.
• Old Buckenham Airfield will welcome veterans and relatives of those who fought and died there during the Second World War on November 11. The traditional Service of Remembrance will be held around the war memorial, starting just prior to 11am. The 453rd Bombardment Group Museum and 8th Air Force Heritage Gallery will also be open all day. Entry is free.
• Lest We Forget a centenary concert to mark the end of the First World War is being held at All Saints Church on November 11, including songs of the period, war poetry, memories from those who served and returned and information on those who died. The free concert starts at 7 pm and includes the Carleton Rode Bell Ringers joining with over 1,400 other bell ringers.
• To commemorate Armistice 100, The Fallen, a free exhibition to honour those who gave their lives in both World Wars, a look at village life, and to celebrate all who have served their country, is being held at St Mary the Virgin from November 5-10. There will also be a poignant commemoration in words, thoughts and music on November 10 at 3pm.
• Forncett History Group will be displaying a time line in St Mary's church on Armistice Day, reflecting the contribution of men from the two Forncetts in various conflict zones from 1914 to 1918. Following this it will be on permanent display at the Forncett Tank Museum.
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• A special Armistice Day commemoration at the Norfolk Tank Museum on November 11 will culminate in the Battle's Over First World War Beacon being lit by a flaming arrow. The Beacon of Light forms part of a national chain of 1,000 beacons to be lit throughout the country at 7pm. Deborah II, the Norfolk Tank Museum's First World War replica tank featured in the recent Channel 4 series, will take a central part in the commemorations. From 2pm there will be static displays including artefacts and 'Forncett's Great War Project', a tribute to the men of Forncett who fought in the First World War. At 5.30pm, the Battle's Over Armistice Commemoration Service will commence in the Museum Hanger with poems, readings, music with Philip Aldred and the Dolce Choir plus remembrance of the local solders who fought and died. At 6.45pm a piper will play 'Battle's Over' before the museum's own bugler will play The Last Post.
• Long Stratton will remember the fallen and mark 100 years since the end of the First World War with three days of events. On November 9 there will be songs and poems from the Great War, including 'Songs from the Trenches' sung by the Stratton Singers, at the Village Hall from 7.30pm. There will be a special exhibition remembering those who served from Long Stratton at the village hall on November 10, 2-5pm. Then on November 11 there will be an act of remembrance at the war memorial at 10.50am followed by a church service.
• Friends of Imagined Land will be commemorating the signing of the Armistice and the end of the First World War 100 years ago with a concert on November 10 and exhibition, remembering how the war affected the lives of the brave men and women of Tasburgh. As part of the event they are also holding a poetry competition.
• Trinity Hall will be decorated in First World War style with accompanying music of the era as part of an exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. Children and their families can join in by making a poppy. Each poppy will represent a soldier from the area who died.
DICKLEBURGH & RUSHALL
• The lighting of a First World War beacon will be the culmination of a day of remembrance events being held joined by other villages, including Starston, Thelveton, Shimpling, and representatives from 100th Refuelling Wing Chapel from USAF Mildenhall. The day will start at 6am with a piper playing the traditional Scottish lament 'Battle's O'er' at Dickleburgh war memorial. At 10.15am the Royal British Legion will march to the war memorial for the laying of wreaths before a bugler plays the Last Post at 11am. There is an exhibition of men who lost their lives in the Great War in the village centre before the beacon is lit at 7pm followed by the ringing of Dickleburgh All Saints Church bells before Dickleburgh Town Crier joins the international cry for peace.
• Remembrance Sunday Parade to St Mary's Church, Diss, on November 11 starts from near the Mere Mouth at 2pm. The event will see young and old line Mere Street to watch as the bells of Diss Parish Church ring out. Wreath laying at the memorial followed by a church service.
• The Tribute to Sacrifice concert organised by Rotary Club of Diss Waveney at St Mary's Church, Diss, on November 17, featuring the Honington Military Wives Choir, with readings of poetry and prose honouring the fallen in the First World War. Entry £7.50 in aid of Combat Stress and other charities. For more email firstname.lastname@example.org
• As well as the usual Remembrance Service on November 11, 10.55am at the war memorial, Roydon Remembers at 7pm at the church will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice and the 100th year of the RAF. The church bell will toll, a remembrance beacon will be lit and the names of the fallen read, concluding with a short prayer.
• Hundreds of people will turn out for Harleston Remembrance Sunday on November 11 commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War. The parade from the Market Place will culminate at the town memorial in Broad Street which has been specially revamped and given a makeover with money raised by community groups.