The launch of the Great Yarmouth Poppy Appeal to raise funds for the Royal British Legion takes place this week.

Poppy sellers will launch their annual Poppy Appeal at the covered Market Place on Thursday, 26 October at 10.55am.

The event is the first of several in the town to mark the sacrifices people from the borough have made during both world wars and other conflicts.

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The annual Blessing of the Crosses ceremony will take place on Wednesday, November 8 at the Cenotaph in St George's Park from 10.55am.

The ceremony will be led by Rev Canon Simon Ward and allow people to place their crosses with the names of servicemen and women who lost their lives during the war written on them in the memorial area.

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The borough's Remembrance Sunday service will take place at the war memorial at St George's Park, on Sunday, November 12. 

The parade marshals and youth organisations will march to St George's Park at 10.35am. People are invited to gather at 10.50am with a two-minute silence at11am.

Then at 12.30pm Rev Pauline Simpson, chaplain and secretary/welfare officer for the Far East Prisoner of War Association, will be holding a seafront service.

The service will take place at the Far East Prisoner of War Association Memorial on Marine Parade. Attendees are asked to arrive at 12.20pm for a 12.30pm start.

Mayor of Great Yarmouth Penny Carpenter and a representative from the Royal British Legion will both lay wreaths.

She said: "We invite residents to join us in commemorating these events, remembering those who have fallen in battle and pay their respects."

The Royal British Legion, which has supported the Armed Forces community since 1921, and Rev Albert Cadmore, mayor’s chaplain, will attend all the remembrance events.