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Community leaders hail Swaffham Remembrance commemorations



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The poppy display at the Market Cross cafe in Swaffham (5415245)
The poppy display at the Market Cross cafe in Swaffham (5415245)

Civic, business and charity leaders say they have been overwhelmed by the response to commemorations of the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Thousands of poppies have been displayed in Swaffham in recent weeks to mark 100 years since the end of the conflict.

And officials estimate the town's Remembrance Sunday events also attracted their biggest crowds for many years at the weekend.

Town mayor Colin Houghton, who championed the idea of a poppy display, said: “I wanted the whole town to join in and help create a really special commemorative display.

"I have been humbled by the contributions that have been made. Everyone has joined in from churches and businesses to schools and local community groups. It’s fantastic to see the town pull together.”

The centrepiece of the display was the wall of the Market Cross cafe, which was covered in poppies.

Owner Kay Wells said: “When I Facebooked the first suggestion I never dreamt what the response would be.

"The fantastic people of Swaffham have knitted and crafted to create something truly special.”

Swaffham's beacon burns (5415361)
Swaffham's beacon burns (5415361)

The St Peter and St Paul Church hosted a Remembrance Net for visitors to place cards with prayers and thoughts about the anniversary.

There was also a display featuring all 112 men from the parishes of Swaffham and Sporle with Palgrave who died in the conflict.

The town's Royal British Legion branch hosted its annual Remembrance concert at the church last Thursday, before the main service in the Market Place on Sunday morning.

The parade through Swaffham's town centre (5415546)
The parade through Swaffham's town centre (5415546)
Crowds gather around Swaffham's war memorial (5415437)
Crowds gather around Swaffham's war memorial (5415437)
Lions president Alan Jude was among those to lay wreaths (5415605)
Lions president Alan Jude was among those to lay wreaths (5415605)

Branch chairman Barrie Thorp said: “It is great to see the town so engaged in the commemoration of this special anniversary.

"It’s more important than every to say thank you and make sure we don’t forget the lessons learnt.”



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