Yarmouth’s Remembrance Day services

WITH the sacrifices made by British service personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan at the forefront of peoples’ minds, crowds turned out in force today to pay their respects at Remembrance Day services in Great Yarmouth.

Soldiers from the ‘A’ (Norfolk and Suffolk) Company, 3rd Battalion, of the Royal Anglians, which has been serving in Afghanistan, joined representatives of the Royal British Legion, RAF and sea cadets for the parade this morning from the Market Place to St George’s Park for a service at the war memorial.

Rev Chris Terry, team rector for Yarmouth, led the service in front of hundreds of people of all generations, while dignitaries including Yarmouth’s Mayor Michael Jeal and MP Brandon Lewis laid wreaths at the memorial.

Following the half hour service, the focus then shifted to the Far East Prisoners of War Association (FEPOW) war memorial in front of the Jetty on Yarmouth seafront where a remembrance service was held for those who fought in the Far East during the second world war.

John Morley, 65, of Baliol Road, Gorleston, was a private with the 1st Royal Anglians and served in Aden during the 1960s.

He said: “I thought it was a good parade and a good crowd here today. The importance of remembering the armed forces’ sacrifices should never be forgotten and it was good to have the Royal Anglians, who have been serving in Afghanistan, joining us today.”