VIDEO: King’s Lynn remembers the fallen of Jutland

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Civic leaders and veterans’ groups have led West Norfolk’s tributes to the British servicemen killed in the Battle of Jutland 100 years ago.

More than 6,000 British sailors died in the battle off the Danish coast, the largest naval engagement of the First World War, which began on May 31, 1916.

The Battle of Jutland commemoration at Tower Gardens King's Lynn. ANL-160106-085357009

The Battle of Jutland commemoration at Tower Gardens King's Lynn. ANL-160106-085357009

And a commemoration service was held in Lynn’s Tower Gardens on Tuesday evening.

Borough mayor David Whitby, who laid a wreath during the ceremony, reflected on the “huge sacrifice” made by those who fell in the battle.

He said: “It’s important that we remember the sacrifices our naval personnel made on that day.”

Representatives of the Royal British Legion, the Royal Naval Association and the Sea Cadets also laid wreaths.

The Battle of Jutland commemoration at Tower Gardens King's Lynn.'Borough Mayor David Whitby ANL-160106-085259009

The Battle of Jutland commemoration at Tower Gardens King's Lynn.'Borough Mayor David Whitby ANL-160106-085259009

The service, which was followed by refreshments at the nearby Royal British Legion club, was led by the mayor’s chaplain, Father Adrian Ling of All Saints’ Church, Hillington Square.

Fought over a period of 36 hours, more than 100,000 men were engaged in the Battle of Jutland, including the Queen’s father, then Prince Albert, Duke of York who would later become King’s George VI.

Although the British fleet suffered heavier losses, in terms of both men and ships, the battle did maintain British naval superiority in the North Sea.

The Jutland commemorations also mark the start of a particularly poignant period in the nation’s commemorations of the centenary of the conflict.

The Battle of Jutland commemoration at Tower Gardens King's Lynn.'David Norman (chairman RBL King's Lynn) ANL-160106-085141009

The Battle of Jutland commemoration at Tower Gardens King's Lynn.'David Norman (chairman RBL King's Lynn) ANL-160106-085141009

Events are currently being planned to mark the anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme on July 1.

And David Norman, chairman of Lynn’s Royal British Legion branch, said: “We need to remind people of all the things that went on to obtain freedom for this country.”