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North Norfolk to hold poignant tributes for victims of the First World War

PUBLISHED: 14:55 01 August 2014 | UPDATED: 14:59 01 August 2014

Great War commemoration exhibition at Cromer. Royal British Legion chairman John Needham, left, and vice chairman Robin Lilley. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Great War commemoration exhibition at Cromer. Royal British Legion chairman John Needham, left, and vice chairman Robin Lilley. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

On August 4 1914 darkness fell across Britain after the outbreak of the First World War.

Cromer War Memorial in front of Cromer Parish Church. Picture: ANTONY KELLY Cromer War Memorial in front of Cromer Parish Church. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A century later, across north Norfolk, there will be poignant acts of remembrance for the fallen with many churches holding candle lit vigils on Monday evening marking the hour when Sir Edward Grey said: “The lamps are going out all over Europe.”

There will also be a chance to contemplate the conflict and its impact on communities at many exhibitions featuring memorabilia from the war era.

John Needham, chairman of the Cromer Royal British Legion branch, said it was important for the younger generation to remember the sacrifice of the soldiers: “Young people need to know where we have come from before we embark on the future.”

■The Rt Rev Jonathan Meyrick, the Bishop of Lynn, will partly lead a public service at the Cromer War Memorial outside the church on Monday August 4 at 11am. A candle will be lit throughout the day in the church and put out at 10pm.

Great War commemoration exhibition at Cromer. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY Great War commemoration exhibition at Cromer. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A fund-raising concert for the war memorial restoration fund will start in the church at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5. The town council would like a young person who is a descendant of a soldier to take part. Contact 01263 512254 if you know anyone or want tickets.

A 1917 Vickers machine gun will be one of the items on show in an exhibition at Cromer Community Hall, Garden Street, on Saturday August 9 from 10am-5pm. Anyone can bring along war memorabilia on the day. Contact 01263 510146 or 01263 510287.

■A service will be taking place at St Mary’s Parish Church, Northrepps, on Sunday August 3 at 10am and after that, until 3.30pm, a war exhibition will be happening.

■Prayers and readings will be taking place at the church of St Andrew the Apostle, Holt, on Sunday August 3 between noon-5pm. A vigil service will start at 6pm. War memorabilia will be on show in the church on August 3 from 8am-6.30pm.

■A service will be happening at St Nicholas’ Church, North Walsham, between 11.30pm-12.10am on Monday August 4 during which 99 candles representing the fallen will be lit at the altar at midnight. A special candle, lit during the service, will be taken to the War Memorial Hospital.

■There will be a war exhibition at Aylsham Parish Church on Monday August 4 between 10am-5pm and a candlelit service of remembrance will start at 7.30pm. A candlelit vigil at both town war memorials will take place between 10-11pm.

Poetry readings and trench songs will be performed at Aylsham Town Hall on Wednesday August 6 at 7.30pm. Tickets for Hell and Humour in the Trenches cost £10 from Barnwells or £12 on the door. Children go free. A free showing of the War Horse film will take place on Friday August 8 at Aylsham Parish Church from 7.30pm. Doors open 6.45pm.

■A commemorative service and candlelit vigil will be happening at Sheringham War Memorial on Monday August 4 at 10.45am and 10-11pm respectively.

■A war exhibition will be taking place at St Mary’s Church, Stalham, from Saturday August 2 until Sunday August 10, 10am-4pm daily. The church will host a candlelit vigil on Monday August 4 between 10-11pm.

■Songs and poetry from the war will be performed at St Michael’s Church, Sutton, on Saturday August 9 at 7pm. Tickets for Keep the Home Fires Burning cost £5.

■A flower display will be on show at St Andrew’s Church, Felmingham, on Saturday August 2 from 10.30am-4.30pm. In the evening songs from the war era will be played. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets cost £5. Call 01692 405367 or 01692 406045. The Bishop of Thetford will lead a commemoration service at the church on Sunday August 3 at 10.30am.

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