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Remembrance Sunday ceremonies

greyfriars tower with a WWI light show projected on to it in the foreground are two six foot silhouette soldiers - Tommys

Published: Tuesday, 6th November 2018

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk will mark Remembrance Sunday with the annual act of remembrance and by joining a national beacon-lighting.

Cllr Nick Daubney, the Mayor of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, will lead the annual act of remembrance which will take place at the war memorial in Tower Gardens in King’s Lynn at 11am on Sunday 11 November 2018. All members of the public are welcome to attend.

The event will start with a parade from the town hall in Saturday Market Place to Tower Gardens. All ex-military personnel are invited to join the parade; if they wish to do so they should arrive at the town hall by 10:30am.

The mayor will lead a procession of civic representatives from the town hall to the war memorial where he, along with representatives from various organisations, will lay a wreath. A bugler will play The Last Post, signalling the beginning of the two-minute silence and the start of the ceremony at 11am.

Following the ceremony, at approximately 11:45 am, the civic procession will parade to King’s Lynn Minster, where a service will be conducted by the Reverend Canon Christopher Ivory.

This year’s ceremony will be the culmination of a series of events held by the borough council to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Two six-foot-high Tommy statues were purchased from There But Not There, a charitable organisation, by the borough council and the Rotary Club of King’s Lynn. The aluminium silhouettes have been placed in Tower Gardens as a poignant reminder of the fallen. The Tommy statues also ‘watch over’ 600 small wooden figures that have been placed in a symbolic no-man’s-land to represent the names inscribed on the war memorial. The wooden figures are part of an educational project organised by the borough council and the Royal British Legion called WWI Soldiers Remembered. Local schoolchildren have placed the wooden figures in organised events over recent weeks. The special light projection commissioned by the borough council to commemorate WWI will be projected onto Greyfriars Tower for the last time on 11 November.

The borough council also made the themed part of its Small Grants Scheme a Commemorating WWI Fund this year. It has awarded a total of £3,950 to 20 organisations to support them in their own commemorative activities. The grants have been given to a variety of organisations including parish councils, churches, schools, heritage societies and charities, and have helped to fund exhibitions, memorial concerts, beacon lightings, repairs to war memorials and more, right across the borough.

On the evening of Sunday 11 November, the borough council, with the Royal British Legion, will join a national act of remembrance and light a beacon at 7pm in King’s Staithe Square in King’s Lynn. After the mayor has lit the beacon, church bells will be rung all across King’s Lynn & West Norfolk in a communal act of commemoration, followed by a reading of a poem by the town crier. Members of the public are invited to attend the ceremony, and are encouraged to bring their own small battery-powered lights to switch on when the beacon is lit.

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