A century after soldiers in the First World War laid down their arms to play football, a special service was held in King’s Lynn.

West Norfolk Mayor Barry Ayres and The Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Rev Jonathan Meyrick, joined Canon Chris Ivory for the service in the Tuesday Market Place on Sunday.

Remembering Christmas 1914 , on the Tuesday Market Place, included singing the carol Silent Night in German and readings.

“What happened was the spontaneous initiative of the ordinary soldiers and different things happened at different points along the lines,” said Mr Ayres.

Deputy Mayor Colin Manning read part of a letter from Harry Bloom, of Checker Street in Lynn, who wrote that at 8am on Christmas day: “The Germans showed themselves unarmed, met us halfway between the trenches. They gave us little souvenirs.”

Two volunteers from Lynn charity the Bridge for Heroes dressed in British and German uniforms to illustrate the event.

“There were numerous football kickabouts, no matches as such, were reported,” said the charity’s Mike Taylor.

West Norfolk Council leader Nick Daubney said the truce lasted to December 27 – and the war continued for another four years.