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West Norfolk remembers as thousands attend events marking Armistice centenary




The parade from Tower Gardens to King's Lynn Minster prepares to move off (5333930)
The parade from Tower Gardens to King's Lynn Minster prepares to move off (5333930)

Thousands of people have been attending events across West Norfolk today to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Large crowds, in many cases standing at least 10 deep, packed into Lynn's Tower Gardens for the traditional Remembrance Sunday ceremony this morning.

Dozens of wreaths were laid by civic leaders, military and emergency service representatives, veterans' and armed forces groups, plus a host of community organisations.

And, in a moment of added poignancy, the sun broke through the clouds as the crowds stood to observe a two minutes' silence.

Large crowds gather in Lynn's Tower Gardens ahead of the Remembrance Sunday commemorations (5333923)
Large crowds gather in Lynn's Tower Gardens ahead of the Remembrance Sunday commemorations (5333923)

The ceremony was preceded by a civic procession from the town hall and followed by a service at the King's Lynn Minster.

In his sermon, the Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Rev Jonathan Meyrick, reflected on the scars of war which he said were all around us "if we do but open our eyes to look."

He told the congregation the lesson of the past was that peace was both precious and precarious and love was needed to ensure it is maintained today.

He added: "We, in our day, simply must do better."

Another popular location for reflecting on the events of 100 years ago today has been Brancaster, which is one of dozens of sites across the country hosting the Pages of the Sea art project, led by the acclaimed film director, Danny Boyle.

Artists have spent the day creating a sand image of Driver Stephen Hewitt, who died in Greece in 1916 on the sand, while visitors were also encouraged to create their own silhouettes of the fallen alongside the work.

Crowds gather around the site of the Pages of the Sea art project on Brancaster's beach (5333780)
Crowds gather around the site of the Pages of the Sea art project on Brancaster's beach (5333780)
The eyes of Driver Stephen Hewitt, as depicted in the Pages of the Sea art project on Brancaster beach (5333791)
The eyes of Driver Stephen Hewitt, as depicted in the Pages of the Sea art project on Brancaster beach (5333791)

The activities, which attracted hundreds of visitors and caused queues on surrounding roads, also included poetry readings featuring a verse specifically written for the occasion by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.

The finished artworks will be washed away by the high tide overnight.

Remembrance Day at Brancaster beach (14-18-Nov/National Trust)
Remembrance Day at Brancaster beach (14-18-Nov/National Trust)

Elsewhere, in Dersingham, more than 120 scouts and guides took part in a parade during a service at the village's war memorial, while the parade in Hunstanton was estimated to be the biggest in living memory.

Gudies and scouts who laid wreaths in Dersingham (5333992)
Gudies and scouts who laid wreaths in Dersingham (5333992)

The commemoration events will conclude this evening, when beacons will be lit in Lynn, Hunstanton and Swaffham in ceremonies intended to signal the light of peace breaking out after the darkness of conflict.



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