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'We Will Remember Them.' Reduced ceremonies held to honour area's war dead



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The sentiment is the same, but today, the occasion looks very different as communities mark Remembrance Sunday.

Events are taking place in towns and villages across our area, though they have been scaled back significantly because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In Lynn, a small number of civic leaders and representatives of veterans' organisations took part in a service at Tower Gardens this morning.

Ahead of the event, the borough's Mayor, Geoff Hipperson, had led calls for residents to honour the area's war dead at home, or only visit Tower Gardens after the ceremony, which was streamed over Facebook, ended.

Meanwhile, the Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Rev Jonathan Meyrick, pre-recorded his final Remembrance Sunday service before his retirement in the New Year.

In it, he reflected on the precious and precarious nature of peace and compared the suffering caused by the coronavirus to that of war.

The Bishop of Lynn pre-recorded his Remembrance Sunday sermon at the Tower Gardens in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt. (42990844)
The Bishop of Lynn pre-recorded his Remembrance Sunday sermon at the Tower Gardens in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt. (42990844)

He said: "We are now, not just as a country, but as a whole world community, facing a particularly difficult pandemic, which is also cruel, which is also causing countless deaths and sufferings beyond deaths too.

"As we remember those who have died, as we give thanks for them and for others who seek to bring an end to cruelty and oppression, to war and hatred, and as we do so in the context of this particular crisis, let us aim to do all we can to keep others safe."

Earlier, the mayor of Swaffham, Jill Skinner, plus representatives of the Royal British Legion and charity groups laid wreaths at the town's war memorial.

Residents there had also been encouraged to stay away from the event and take part in commemorations from home.

A Very Damp and Misty Morning, for Remembrance Day Wreath Laying at Swaffham War Memorial ..Swaffham Mayor Jill Skinner at the War Memorial earlier this morning. (43029020)
A Very Damp and Misty Morning, for Remembrance Day Wreath Laying at Swaffham War Memorial ..Swaffham Mayor Jill Skinner at the War Memorial earlier this morning. (43029020)

A ceremony will also take place in Downham later today.

A Very Damp and Misty Morning, for Remembrance Day Wreath Laying at Swaffham War Memorial ..Swaffham RBL President Anne Thorp and Chairman Barrie Thorp walking to the War Memorial earlier today. (43029012)
A Very Damp and Misty Morning, for Remembrance Day Wreath Laying at Swaffham War Memorial ..Swaffham RBL President Anne Thorp and Chairman Barrie Thorp walking to the War Memorial earlier today. (43029012)
A Very Damp and Misty Morning, for Remembrance Day Wreath Laying at Swaffham War Memorial ..Nicola Claxton (Swaffham Lioness Club President) laying a wreath at the war memorial earlier today. (43029016)
A Very Damp and Misty Morning, for Remembrance Day Wreath Laying at Swaffham War Memorial ..Nicola Claxton (Swaffham Lioness Club President) laying a wreath at the war memorial earlier today. (43029016)


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