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Legion’s Poppy Appeal launches ahead of armistice centenary

PUBLISHED: 17:16 25 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:17 25 October 2018

Mayor of Great Yarmouth, Mary Coleman at the Poppy Appeal launch. Picture: Joseph Norton

Mayor of Great Yarmouth, Mary Coleman at the Poppy Appeal launch. Picture: Joseph Norton

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Crowds gathered in Great Yarmouth’s market square on Wednesday for the launch of this year’s Poppy Appeal marking the start of more than two weeks of remembrance in the town.

Military vehicles were on display at the Poppy Appeal launch in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Joseph NortonMilitary vehicles were on display at the Poppy Appeal launch in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Joseph Norton

Mayor of Great Yarmouth, Mary Coleman, was joined by representatives of the Royal British Legion as crowds were entertained to a number of wartime-era classic songs.

Councillor for West Flegg, Barry Coleman was also in attendance and was delighted by how many people turned up for the launch with 2018 marking 100 years since the First World War ended.

He said: “There is a fantastic mixture of all ages which is great to see. With it being the centenary commemoration this year it makes it extra special.

It is very important that people remember all those who sacrificed soo much.”

Secretary for the Royal British Legion, Great Yarmouth branch, Irene Williams. Picture: Joseph NortonSecretary for the Royal British Legion, Great Yarmouth branch, Irene Williams. Picture: Joseph Norton

The launch was led by broadcaster Tony Mallion and included a display of military vehicles.

Secretary for the Royal British Legion, Great Yarmouth branch, Irene Williams described the event as “excellent”.

“It is great to have a Poppy Appeal launch in the town as good as this one. With all the entertainment we have had it helps to raise awareness to the younger generation of what remembrance is all about,” she said.

The event also coincided with the unveiling of 10 aluminium ‘Tommy’ silhouette statues on benches in the market place.

These formed part of the national ‘There But Not There’ campaign in aid of forces and mental health charities.

A number of events are being held in the borough during remembrance week; the Blessing of the Crosses ceremony will get remembrance week underway at the Cenotaph in St George’s Park on Wednesday, November 7 at 11am.

The borough’s remembrance Sunday service will take place at the Cenotaph, on Sunday, November 11, starting at 10.50am with a two-minute silence at 11am.

Great Yarmouth Festival of Remembrance will be staged at the Hippodrome on Remembrance Sunday, at 4.30pm. It will feature the poignant commemoration, live patriotic music, poems and readings.

Great Yarmouth will also take part in Battle’s Over – a Nation’s Tribute with a lone bagpiper playing a stirring tribune outside of the Minster at 6am.

The mayor will light the beacon on the seafront at 7pm, followed by a fireworks display.

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