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SEE VIDEO: West Norfolk honours the fallen of the First World War a century on

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Communities across West Norfolk have paused to remember the fallen on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The Duke of Edinburgh joined worshippers at the Church of St Mary Magdalene at Sandringham for a commemoration service yesterday evening, Monday, August 4.

Earlier in the day, civic leaders and representatives of veterans’ groups gathered at the war memorial in Downham for a remembrance service to mark the anniversary.

Candles were also lit and wreaths laid during a later service at the Tower Gardens memorial in Lynn.

And, in a particularly poignant display, candles and poppies were projected onto the Custom House, as part of the Lights Out initiative, which encouraged residents to turn out their lights for an hour to mark the exact time when hostilities began in 1914.

Our video shows part of the display, which replaced the Night Sailors projection that has been shone onto the historic building in recent weeks for the evening.

West Norfolk Council leader Nick Daubney said: “We felt it was a fitting way to show that we were acknowleding Lights Out. We hope that it inspires others to take part.”

Meanwhile, borough mayor Barry Ayres led the congregation at a civic service of remembrance at the Lynn Minster on Sunday evening.

Mr Ayres said: “As we try to imagine how the nation felt 100 years ago as Britain joined the War, I would urge all of us to pause and reflect on what leads to war and the suffering and tragedy which ensues.”

 

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