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Beacons lit to end day of Remembrance events in West Norfolk




The beacon burns in Lynn to mark the centenary of the Armistice, which ended the First World War (5336174)
The beacon burns in Lynn to mark the centenary of the Armistice, which ended the First World War (5336174)

"We must remember. We will remember."

Those were the words of West Norfolk's mayor, Nick Daubney, as a day of events marking 100 years since the end of the First World War drew to a close.

A beacon has been lit in Lynn's King's Staithe Square this evening in an event intended to symbolise the hope and light of peace following the dark days of war.

Scores of people gathered on the quayside for the ceremony, which was one of hundreds taking place simultaneously across Britain.

Deputy Lieutenant Tony Williams told them: "We pay our respects to all the fallen and the wounded, in all conflicts, over the past 100 years.

"The spirit of courage, bravery and sacrifice continues to the present day. We thank them all and we salute all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom."

Following the ceremony, church bells were rung at churches across the town and borough in a joint act of commemoration.

The Lynn torch was one of 1,000 to be lit across the country. Similar events have also taken place in Hunstanton and Swaffham.

Swaffham's mayor, Colin Houghton, said: "We are proud to be playing a part in this historic international event to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War, and to recognise the contribution and sacrifice made by the men and women from our own community."

Earlier in the day, thousands attended events and commemoration services across the area to mark the moment the guns finally fell silent in November 1918.



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