Photo gallery: Great Yarmouth remembers the fallen
PUBLISHED: 15:20 11 November 2012
Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2012
Bright sunshine shone down on the hundreds of people who turned out in force this morning (Sunday) to remember the fallen at Great Yarmouth’s Remembrance service.
St George’s park was filled with a sea of faces both young and old who circled the war memorial with poppies proudly pinned to lapels, to pay their respects to the dead, and honour those serving abroad.
Standard bearers flanked the memorial along with clusters of uniformed groups including cadets from TS Warrior, TS Fearless and the air training corp, members of the Royal British Legion and the St John’s Ambulance, while the civic party stood on its concrete plinth waiting to lay their wreaths.
The Last Post was played as the standards were lowered and the town came to a standstill as heads were bowed to observe the two minutes silence.
Great Yarmouth Brass Band played as wreathes of bright red poppies were laid at the foot of the memorial by the assembled groups, with the last ring being placed gently by two young scouts.
Team rector Chris Terry, who led the service, addressed the congregation about the importance of remembrance.
He said: “An act of remembrance is never about glorifying war but it’s about it’s effect upon the lives of ordinary people, people who gave for the good of humanity.
“We remember the victims of war both in the military and in civilian services. Over the tide of history many thousands have gone bravely to fight for the rights of their fellow men and women.
“And we remember not only those who have died but those whose sacrifice is of a different kind, whose lives - while not lost - have been changed by their injuries physical, mental and spiritually. These sacrifices are as great.
“We do owe them a debt that can only be measured in our continuing care for those who have given so much for us. And it’s why it’s so important to support the Royal British Legion.”
After the national anthem people flocked out of the park to line the streets - and shopkeepers stopped to come to their windows - to watch as the parade marched through the town into the Market Place.
The order of “eyes right” went up as the parade passed Mayor Coleen Walker and the civic party before finishing outside Argos.