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Remembrance Day services

Greyfriars tower and the war memorial in Tower Gardens, pictured on a sunny day

Published: Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Everyone was welcome to join us at our Remembrance Day services on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 November.

Saturday 11 November

The Mayor of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, Cllr Carol Bower, attended an Armistice Day act of remembrance in Broad Street, King's Lynn. She was joined by representatives from the Royal British Legion, Canon Ivory from King's Lynn Minster, and Father Ling, the mayor's chaplain.

At 11am, all attendees observed a 2-minute silence, to 'pause and remember' the fallen.

At the same time, the deputy mayor Cllr Jim Moriarty represented the mayor at a similar ceremony in the town square, Downham Market.

Sunday 12 November

Our annual wreath-laying ceremony was in Tower Gardens, King's Lynn.

The event started with a parade from the town hall, in the Saturday Market Place, along St James' Street to Tower Gardens. The parade was led by veterans from all three armed services, and any veteran wishing to be included was invited to arrive at Saturday Market Place by 10:15am.

At 10:50am the civic procession, led by Cllr Carol Bower, set off from the town hall. The general procession followed, consisting of members of the Royal British Legion, a contingent from Royal Air Force Marham, and members of the Sea, Army, Air, and Police Cadet Forces.

At 11am a bugler from King's Lynn Town Band played the Last Post, signalling the start of the 2-minute silence. The wreath-laying ceremony followed, with over fifty wreaths being laid this year.

Following the ceremony, the civic procession paraded to King's Lynn Minster, where a service was conducted by the Reverend Canon Christopher Ivory.


Cllr Bower said: "Remembrance Sunday is always a special day. The way people come together for such a simple yet moving event never fails to impress.

"Arriving at the Tower Gardens on Sunday and seeing so many people there, united in a common desire to show their respect, was an emotional moment. We saw elderly veterans making a huge effort to commemorate their fallen comrades, and young children who clearly understood the solemnity, if not, perhaps fortunately, the truth behind why they were there.

"A lengthy laying of the wreaths might be a time when some might fidget, or lose focus, but that did not happen. Each group that went up, from the Queen's representative to the smallest Brownie, were given equal attention, and the cumulative effect was powerful.

"A day to remember in more ways than one." 

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