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Photo gallery: People of Beccles and Bungay turn out in force to remember fallen

PUBLISHED: 17:51 09 November 2014 | UPDATED: 17:51 09 November 2014

The Remembrance service at Beccles War Memorial.

Picture: James Bass

The Remembrance service at Beccles War Memorial. Picture: James Bass

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The people of Beccles and Bungay turned out in force to remember their fallen today.

In Beccles, a parade of service cadets and local groups marched up to the town’s war memorial where the act of remembrance was led by Philip Miller, assistant curate of St Michael’s Church.

Wreaths were placed on the memorial before the parade led the assembled crowd through the streets to St Michael’s Church.

There, a service was held led by the Rev Andrew Platt with Bishop Gavin Reid preaching.

David Devereux, chairman of the Beccles branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL), said: “I think the turnout was excellent. One of the important things is seeing the youngsters attend because they are the generation of the future.”

RBL Beccles branch president Tony Tomkinson added: “It is wonderful to see so many people who recognise the service that our armed forces have given us through all of the years, not just the First World War.

“The local support is outstanding, whether it is for our charity shop, the Poppy Appeal or whether it is turning our for the remembrance service - Beccles people are outstanding. “

Bungay’s remembrance service was the best attended for many years, with more than 400 people filling St Mary’s Church.

The event began with a parade from the RBL’s headquarters to the church led by four Second World War Army vehicles.

The service was taken by the Rector of the Bungay benefice the Rev Ian Byrne,

The town’s Roman Catholic priest, Abbot Charles Lombard, led prayers, and the Emmanuel Methodist and United Reformed Church minister, the Rev David Gibson, preached the sermon.

Following the parade and service, a special plaque to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War was unveiled by town mayor Sylvia Knights at Bungay’s war memorial before wreaths were laid.

The plaque has been provided by Bungay Town Council and the Bungay branch of the RBL, and honours all those from Bungay and district who served in that conflict.

It was blessed by Mr Byrne as dusk fell.

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