Remembrance services to be staged across Waveney to mark 100 years since First World War

Handmade poppies at Holy Trinity Church Loddon. Photo: Duncan Gooch.

Handmade poppies at Holy Trinity Church Loddon. Photo: Duncan Gooch. - Credit: Archant

This weekend marks the centenary of the First World War – a time to reflect, remember and honour the many men and women who lost their lives.

A series of events are taking place across Waveney to commemorate the occasion along with Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.

Both Beccles and Bungay will be taking part in Battle’s Over – an international commemoration marking 100 years since the guns feel silent at the end of the First World War.

In Beccles, at 6am a piper will play ‘The Battles O’er’ at the memorial on St Mary’s Road.

In New Market mayor Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw will read out a list of the fallen before the traditional two-minute silence at 11am.

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At 2pm a wreath laying ceremony will take place at the war memorial, followed by a parade up to St Michael’s Church for the commemoration service at 3pm.

At 6.20pm the mayor will be joined by the Bishop of Dunwich for a children’s lantern procession from St Michael’s Church to Beccles Quay.

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And finally at 7pm the town beacon at the quay will be lit and bell ringer will ring out for peace to close the day.

In Bungay a remembrance service will be held at 10am in St Mary’s Church.

At 6.45pm a beacon will be lit at the castle followed by a short firework display signifying the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of war.

On November 10 Bungay Theatre Group are joining with Bungay Community Choir to present ‘Armistice’ at 7.30pm in the Bungay Community Centre.

In Loddon more than 3,000 hand made poppies have been crafted out of recycled materials and will be cascaded through Holy Trinity Church.

Between 10am and 4pm visitors can come to view the poppies, along with the display of 32 handmade wreaths and the ten ‘Tommy’ silhouettes seated in the pews.

The “Tommy” statutes will also be present at All Saints Church in Ringsfield – which will stage its service of remembrance at 10.45am on Sunday.

Across the weekend an exhibition will also be held at Seething Village Hall featuring photographs, information and memorabilia about men from the village who died or fought in the First World War.

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