Hundreds expected to pay respects at Remembrance services

St George's Infants and Nursery, Great Yarmouth. Young making poppies and watched by Mayor Cllr Malc

St George's Infants and Nursery, Great Yarmouth. Young making poppies and watched by Mayor Cllr Malcolm Bird. - Credit: GYBC

Schoolchildren have been helping with preparations to remember armed services people who have fallen in wars and conflicts over the decades.

St George's Infants and Nursery, Great Yarmouth. Young making poppies and watched by Mayor Cllr Malc

St George's Infants and Nursery, Great Yarmouth. Young making poppies and watched by Mayor Cllr Malcolm Bird. - Credit: GYBC

Remembrance Day, today, will see public services starting at around 10.55am at the Cenotaph in St George’s Park in Great Yarmouth and at Gorleston Cemetery.

In advance of Remembrance Week, local schoolchildren have been helping to make some of the petals to help them learn about the significance of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance. Recently, mayor Cllr Malcolm Bird visited pupils in action at St George’s Primary and Nursery School.

The Remembrance Sunday service is at the Cenotaph, in St George’s Park, on Sunday. It will start at around 10.50am, following a parade by armed forces organisations from the Market Place to the park.

There will be a two-minute silence to remember the fallen at 11am, and Cllr Bird will lay a wreath on behalf of the people of the borough. Wreaths will also be laid on behalf of the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, as well as other organisations.

The public and civic party will then attend a further service at 12.30pm at the Far East Prisoners of War Memorial, on Marine Parade. This service is organised by the Great Yarmouth branch of the Far East Prisoners of War Association and will be led by Pauline Simpson.

Cllr Bird said: “It is important that future generations never forget all those who have sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy today. Making paper poppy petals is a very hands-on way for young children to be involved in remembering the fallen.

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“As in previous years, there are a number of remembrance services happening in the borough and everyone is welcome to attend to pay their respects. Poppies are available from the Royal British Legion’s temporary Poppy Shop in the covered market, opposite Bonmarché.”