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People come together and fall silent for Remembrance Sunday services across Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 19:37 12 November 2017 | UPDATED: 08:48 14 November 2017

The standards are lowered as the last post is played at the Royal British Legion and the Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Remembrance Service in St George's Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The standards are lowered as the last post is played at the Royal British Legion and the Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Remembrance Service in St George's Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Thousands of people have come together in Remembrance Sunday services across the region.

Umbrellas up as the rain pours down at the Royal British Legion and the Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Remembrance Service in St George's Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Umbrellas up as the rain pours down at the Royal British Legion and the Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Remembrance Service in St George's Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

In Great Yarmouth prayers were led by Rev Canon Simon Ward at the war memorial in St Georges Park.

The Salvation Army band play at the Royal British Legion and the Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Remembrance Service in St George's Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The Salvation Army band play at the Royal British Legion and the Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Remembrance Service in St George's Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A marching band made its way through town led by veterans and youngsters from the local cadet organisations before ending up in the park.

Veterans at the Royal British Legion and the Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Remembrance Service in St George's Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Veterans at the Royal British Legion and the Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Remembrance Service in St George's Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Hundreds gathered to pay their respects despite heavy rain.

The Mayor, Kerry Robinson-Payne, lays a wreath at the Royal British Legion and the Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Remembrance Service in St George's Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The Mayor, Kerry Robinson-Payne, lays a wreath at the Royal British Legion and the Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Remembrance Service in St George's Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Rev Ward told the crowds: “We will remember them, in sunshine, or in rain.”

The standards are lowered as the last post is played at the Royal British Legion and the Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Remembrance Service in St George's Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The standards are lowered as the last post is played at the Royal British Legion and the Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Remembrance Service in St George's Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

He added: “We commit ourselves to work for reconciliation between the nations, that all people may, together, live in freedom, justice and peace.

The rain ruins the paper programmes at the Royal British Legion and the Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Remembrance Service in St George's Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The rain ruins the paper programmes at the Royal British Legion and the Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Remembrance Service in St George's Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“We pray for all who in bereavement, disability and pain continue to suffer the consequences of fighting and terror.

Rev Simon Ward speaks at the Royal British Legion and the Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Remembrance Service in St George's Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Rev Simon Ward speaks at the Royal British Legion and the Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Remembrance Service in St George's Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“We remember with thanksgiving and sorrow those whose lives in world wars and conflicts past and present, have been given and taken away.”

Umbrellas up as the rain pours down at the Royal British Legion and the Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Remembrance Service in St George's Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Umbrellas up as the rain pours down at the Royal British Legion and the Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Remembrance Service in St George's Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Hundreds were led in remembrance in Norwich city centre at events to mark Armistice Day.

The Mayor, Kerry Robinson-Payne, and dignitaries ready to lay wreaths at the Royal British Legion and the Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Remembrance Service in St George's Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The Mayor, Kerry Robinson-Payne, and dignitaries ready to lay wreaths at the Royal British Legion and the Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Remembrance Service in St George's Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

On Sunday morning the cenotaph opposite City Hall was thronged with veterans, cadets and leading figures in local life who paid tribute to the fallen of conflicts through the years.

 A standard bearer at the Royal British Legion and the Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Remembrance Service in St George's Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY A standard bearer at the Royal British Legion and the Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Remembrance Service in St George's Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Led by The Rev Canon Ian Bentley, a minute silence was observed at 11pm ahead of a military parade through the centre of the city.

Youngsters stand with standards in the rain at the Royal British Legion and the Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Remembrance Service in St George's Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Youngsters stand with standards in the rain at the Royal British Legion and the Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Remembrance Service in St George's Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Those who attended said it had been a poignant service and stressed the fallen of world conflicts should never be forgotten.

Youngsters stand with standards in the rain at the Royal British Legion and the Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Remembrance Service in St George's Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Youngsters stand with standards in the rain at the Royal British Legion and the Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Remembrance Service in St George's Park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Stephen Felton, 63, served with the Royal Anglia Regiment in Northern Ireland between 1973 and 1979.

The parade arrives at St George's Park, Great Yarmouth, for the Royal British Legion and the borough council's Remembrance Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The parade arrives at St George's Park, Great Yarmouth, for the Royal British Legion and the borough council's Remembrance Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“I have lost mates in most conflicts,” he said. “Days like today are extremely important which is why we make sure we come every year.

The parade arrives at St George's Park, Great Yarmouth, for the Royal British Legion and the borough council's Remembrance Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The parade arrives at St George's Park, Great Yarmouth, for the Royal British Legion and the borough council's Remembrance Service. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“I have only missed one year through ill health when I couldn’t walk. It has been a very good turnout and it is very important.”

Remembrance Day in Norwich. Picture: Dominic Gilbert Remembrance Day in Norwich. Picture: Dominic Gilbert

Thousands attended the Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at King’s Lynn’s Tower Gardens.

Remembrance Day in Norwich. Picture: Dominic Gilbert Remembrance Day in Norwich. Picture: Dominic Gilbert

Veterans and serving service personnel marched into the park from the Town Hall, led by a civic procession.

Remembrance Day in Norwich. Picture: Dominic Gilbert Remembrance Day in Norwich. Picture: Dominic Gilbert

West Norfolk Mayor Carol Bower read the exhortation: “They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them or the years condemn.”

Remembrance Day in Norwich. Picture: Dominic Gilbert Remembrance Day in Norwich. Picture: Dominic Gilbert

After a bugler played the Last Post and the crowd observed two minutes’ silence, dignitaries, representatives of the armed services, veterans’ associations and other groups laid their wreaths.

Remembrance Day in Norwich. Picture: Dominic Gilbert Remembrance Day in Norwich. Picture: Dominic Gilbert

After a hymn and prayers led by the Revd Canon Christopher Ivory, vicar at Lynn Minster, the parade marched to the minster for a Remembrance service.

Remembrance Day in Norwich. Picture: Dominic Gilbert Remembrance Day in Norwich. Picture: Dominic Gilbert

Remembrance Day in Norwich. Picture: Dominic Gilbert Remembrance Day in Norwich. Picture: Dominic Gilbert

Armistice Day in Norwich, November 11, 2017. Picture: Alarm Media Armistice Day in Norwich, November 11, 2017. Picture: Alarm Media

Armistice Day in Norwich, November 11, 2017. Picture: Alarm Media Armistice Day in Norwich, November 11, 2017. Picture: Alarm Media

Armistice Day in Norwich, November 11, 2017. Picture: Alarm Media Armistice Day in Norwich, November 11, 2017. Picture: Alarm Media

Armistice Day in Norwich, November 11, 2017. Picture: Alarm Media Armistice Day in Norwich, November 11, 2017. Picture: Alarm Media

Armistice Day in Norwich, November 11, 2017. Picture: Alarm Media Armistice Day in Norwich, November 11, 2017. Picture: Alarm Media

Armistice Day in Norwich, November 11, 2017. Picture: Alarm Media Armistice Day in Norwich, November 11, 2017. Picture: Alarm Media

Hundreds of people paid their respects on Remembrance Sunday in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt Hundreds of people paid their respects on Remembrance Sunday in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The Remembrance Sunday service held at the Tower Gardens in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt The Remembrance Sunday service held at the Tower Gardens in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

Wreaths were laid at the King's Lynn War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday. Picture: Ian Burt Wreaths were laid at the King's Lynn War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday. Picture: Ian Burt

Wreaths were laid at the King's Lynn War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday. Picture: Ian Burt Wreaths were laid at the King's Lynn War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday. Picture: Ian Burt

Wreaths were laid at the King's Lynn War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday. Picture: Ian Burt Wreaths were laid at the King's Lynn War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday. Picture: Ian Burt

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