West Norfolk Remembrance Day round up

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Communities across West Norfolk have come together for a series of Remembrance-themed events this week, with one village welcoming a war hero and film star.

Eric Quinney, who was a Bomber Command pilot during the Second World War and later flew a Lancaster in the movie The Dambusters, signed wartime memorabilia for shoppers at the Budgens’ store in Dersingham on Saturday.

Wereham War Memorial rededicated by parish Vicar Barbara Burton, also in pic  church member Charles Humphries ( left) and Karl Butcher (centre) who laid a wreath on behalf of the village, and others who attended in what was a heavy rain storm, during the ceremony ANL-140911-181759009

Wereham War Memorial rededicated by parish Vicar Barbara Burton, also in pic church member Charles Humphries ( left) and Karl Butcher (centre) who laid a wreath on behalf of the village, and others who attended in what was a heavy rain storm, during the ceremony ANL-140911-181759009

A total of £211.48 was raised for the Poppy Appeal during the day.

There was also an international flavour to the village’s Armistice Day commemorations on Tuesday as retired US Air Force major Timothy Clough lowered the Union flag.

And American servicemen based at RAF Lakenheath joined villagers to honour the fallen at Snettisham’s remembrance service on Sunday.

Elsewhere, West Norfolk’s Mayor, Barry Ayres, led dozens of shoppers in a two minutes’ silence in Lynn’s Vancouver Quarter on Tuesday morning to mark the moment the guns finally fell silent in November 1918.

Eric Quinney (3rd right) who was signing memorabillia for the Poppy Appeal at Dersingham, also pictured LtoR, Peter Gleeson, Sue and Steve Booth, Marion Wood (Budgens), Valerie Brundle ANL-140811-123212009

Eric Quinney (3rd right) who was signing memorabillia for the Poppy Appeal at Dersingham, also pictured LtoR, Peter Gleeson, Sue and Steve Booth, Marion Wood (Budgens), Valerie Brundle ANL-140811-123212009

A similar ceremony was held in the centre of Downham, led by the town’s mayor, John Doyle.

Meanwhile, in Wereham, a torrential downpour didn’t deter residents from turning out for a rededication of their village’s recently restored war memorial on Saturday.

Villagers obtained a grant from the Norfolk Community Foundation for a celebration event, which was held in the village hall following the service, led by the Rev Barbara Burton.

And members of the Gayton Brownies group raised £76 for the Poppy Appeal by selling poppy seed cakes and biscuits after the village’s remembrance service in St Nicholas’ Church on Sunday.