Poignant scenes as north Norfolk remembers those who have lost lives in times of conflict

There were poignant scenes across north Norfolk as people paid their respects to sacrifices made in wars both recent and long past.

People fell silent across Norfolk on Sunday as they remembered those who have given their lives in times of conflict.

In Cromer, a parade led by TS Warrior naval cadet corps left Meadow car park, for a service in the parish church followed by wreath laying,

Involved in the parade were the Royal British Legion, the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers, the RNLI, and local youth Guide and Scout groups.

Three men who died in action after the second world war were also honoured on a new memorial plaque in Cromer, paratrooper Cpl Stephen Bolger, 30, died last year in an explosion in Afghanistan, Royal Engineers second lieutenant Anthony Warnes who was just 19 when he was shot in a friendly-fire accident in Kenya in 1954, and Able Seaman Edgar Harrison, 29, died when his ship HMS London was shelled in the 'Yangtse Incident' in China in 1949.


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At the Remembrance Sunday service in Cromer around 400 people came to pay their respects.

Jimmy Harrison from Gorleston, who had come to see the memorial to his brother, said: 'We used to come to the church and sing in the choir so it is a fitting tribute to have a memorial here for him.'

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At Felbrigg in north Norfolk there was a service by the war memorial on the village green.

Marion Walker, from the village all committee, said: 'There were about 33 people who also came back to the village hall afterwards. We currently have three people from the village fighting in Afghanistan, so they were mentioned in the service as well. It was very poignant.'

There was also a list on the memorial of names of soldiers from the village who had died during the First World War, after villagers had researched where they were all buried so they could include them on the list.

Bikers also took part in a remembrance Ride Out on Remembrance Sunday, across Norfolk, starting at Sheringham and finishing at Duxford, helping raise money for Help for Heroes.

In Holt a parade, lead by Colin Kemp chairman of the Holt branch of Royal British Legion, marched from the Methodist church to the town's war memorial for outdoor service, silence and the laying of more than 20 wreaths. Ian Lambert, who has served with the Coldstream Guards for 25 years, laid a wreath on behalf of them and his father, Gordon.

Also involved in the ceremony were pupils from Gresham's School and Norfolk cadets as well as representatives from the Royal Marines and all the services.

John Perry Warnes, branch president of the Holt RBL, said: 'I think it was the biggest parade we have ever had, there were more people than I have seen before.'

In Stalham, a parade left the old railway station in the town for a service at St Mary's Parish Church.

Wreaths were laid by the Royal British Legion, pupils from the town's infant primary and high schools and other youth groups including the Sea Scouts,

Rev Simon Lawrence, who is also chairman of the Stalham branch of the Royal British Legion, said there had been well over 300 people at the service.

In Aylsham, a parade left Cawston Road Drill Hall for an afternoon service in St Michael's Church and wreath-laying at the churchyard war memorial.

Philip Burr, from the Aylsham branch of the Royal British Legion, said: 'The church was packed out, there was standing room only. Everything went really well and the weather held off for us.'

At North Walsham, a wreath-laying ceremony and silent tribute at the war memorial in Memorial Park was followed by a parade to St Nicholas' Church, where a well-attended service of remembrance was led by the vicar, Rev Derek Earis.

The sermon was given by Fr David Bagstaff of the town's Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, with North Walsham mayor Anne Rose and Royal British Legion branch chairman Colin Chambers giving bible readings.

After wreaths were laid by representatives from local groups and organisations including North Walsham Guides and Scouts, the police and St Nicholas' Sunday school, refreshments were served up in St Benet's Hall.

Hundreds turned out at Sheringham, where the town's Salvation Army Band led a parade to the war memorial for a service led by the vicar of St Peter's Church, former Royal Marines commando Rev Christian Heycocks.

The names of the fallen were read by young Scouts and Guides, with representatives from groups including the RNLI, the emergency services and the town council laying wreaths. The salute was taken by town mayor Doug Smith and Sheringham RBL chairman David Farrow.

Sheringham Royal British Legion membership secretary Melanie Clarke, who organised the parade, said: 'We had many more people attend than we have had for some years, which I think shows that support for the Legion and for all ex-service people is increasing, which is wonderful.'

In Mundesley a clifftop memorial service was held for the 26 men who were with the Royal Engineer Bomb Disposal and who died clearing mines on Norfolk beaches after the second world war.

Alan Verney from the North Norfolk Landmine Association, said: 'We had quite a few people turn out, around 40 or 50 for the clifftop memorial.'

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