Lynn prepares to remember war dead

Downham Mayor, Cllr John Fox (third right) joins members of the Downham and District branch of the Royal British legion at their 2015 Poppy launch.   From left, Billy Wells and his long haired collie, Laddie, poppy organiser Peter Mouncer, chairman Horace Cross, president Jim Lane, and standard bearer Michael Bailey.   Behind are branch secretary Rose Gidney, and women's section chairman Marina Colby ANL-151027-133727001
Downham Mayor, Cllr John Fox (third right) joins members of the Downham and District branch of the Royal British legion at their 2015 Poppy launch. From left, Billy Wells and his long haired collie, Laddie, poppy organiser Peter Mouncer, chairman Horace Cross, president Jim Lane, and standard bearer Michael Bailey. Behind are branch secretary Rose Gidney, and women's section chairman Marina Colby ANL-151027-133727001

Communities across West Norfolk are joining forces to honour the nation’s war dead by supporting the annual Poppy Appeal.

Several Royal British Legion branches launched their fundraising appeals at the weekend ahead of the remembrance services on November 8.

At Lynn, Royal British Legion chairman David Norman thanked the Vancouver Quarter for the use of the unit during the two-week period.

Mr Norman said: “It is important that we remember all those who fought in conflicts since 1914.

“The money raised will go a long way to help ex-service personnel, serving members and their beneficiaries.”

Downham mayor John Fox and Downham Royal British Legion chairman Horace Cross MBE and president Jim Lane MBE were present at the Downham poppy launch on Friday.

To mark the period, a concert is being held at Downham Town Hall, on Sunday, from 3pm (tickets available on the door) before a remembrance parade at 2pm on Sunday, November 8, followed by a wreath laying and church service.

Two minutes’ silence will be held on the square at 11am on November 11.

The poppy shop is open on the town square where wreaths can be ordered.

The Middleton and District Royal British Legion’s launch took place at Sainsbury’s, Hardwick, on Saturday, where members of the Marham Ladies’ Choir performed.

Meanwhile, the appeal in Hunstanton was launched by the traditional placing of crosses on each of the resort’s war graves during a remembrance service on Saturday morning.

The service was led by Father John Bloomfield.