North Norfolk stops to remember

RESPECT for the fallen was mirrored by thousands of people in communities across north Norfolk yesterday as two minutes' silence was observed on Armistice DayMany shop and office staff stopped their work and went on to the streets at 11am.

RESPECT for the fallen was mirrored by thousands of people in communities across north Norfolk on Wednesday as two minutes' silence was observed on Armistice Day.

Many shop and office staff stopped their work and assembled on the streets at 11am.

Students from Friesenschule International in Leer, Germany, joined the Remembrance Day service at Reepham High School,

along with British veterans from the second world war.

It is the 11th year the two schools have joined together for the service, which is preceded by a visit to the first world war battlefields at Ypres

Hundreds of men, women and children gathered around the memorial at Cromer church to remember not only the servicemen who lost their lives in the first and second world wars, but also the town's most recent victim.

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Cpl Stephen Bolger, 30, was killed in the conflict in Afghanistan earlier this year.

Cromer officials are now looking into providing a new memorial at the parish church highlighting his name, as well as that of another local teenager who died in a friendly-fire tragedy in Kenya in the 1950s.

Schoolchildren from Overstrand performed an evocative drama about war in front of Royal British Legion members and residents from Cromer's Halsey House.

Written in memory of first world war veteran Harry Patch, Remember Me was first staged by Belfry primary schoolchildren earlier this year who gave an encore for Armistice Day.

Members of the RBL from Northrepps, Cromer, Mundesley, Sheringham, Holt and Cromer women's section branches were part of the audience at Sheringham Little Theatre as the youngsters called for peace through the drama, written by drama teacher Mandy Seybold.

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