South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss addresses the crowds on Armistice Day. Pictures: Paul Tibbs.

Town pauses to remember

Downham Market residents of all ages came together to mark Armistice Day.

A crowd gathered in the town square for a service of remembrance and a two-minute silence on Friday.

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss attended the event along with representatives from RAF Marham.

Wreaths were laid at the war memorial by a number of groups and organisations, including schools, following  a church service and parade.

Peter Mouncer, deputy chairman of Downham Market and District Royal British Legion, thanked everyone who supported the event and contributed to this year’s Poppy Appeal.

“RAF Marham attended again and the town is very obliged to them for their presence and support,” Mr Mouncer said.


A place for reflection

Downham Market Academy pupils visited the newly refurbished memorial gardens. Pictures: Paul Tibbs.
Downham Market Academy pupils visited the newly refurbished memorial gardens. Pictures: Paul Tibbs.

Pupils at Downham Market Academy have paid tribute to the fallen by regenerating the town’s memorial gardens.

The entire project, from its design to planting and painting, has been carried out by a group students, led by teacher Julie Watts and with the support of local businesses.

Downham Mayor Marion Ross officially opened the revamped gardens on Armistice Day following a service at the war memorial.

West Norfolk Council recently transferred ownership of the gardens, at the memorial playing field, to the town council.

It approached the school last summer to get young people involved in the project as part of the Downham In Bloom campaign.

Students created a 3D model to present their ideas to the council and the plans were put into action in September.

Mrs Watts said: “Without the generosity of local businesses we would not have been able to undertake this project on such a short timescale as we wanted to get it done by Remembrance Day.

“The companies we would like to thank personally are Bonnetts of Stoke Ferry, David Haynes from D H Signs, Tim and Julie Glover and staff from Downham Home and Garden Store and Nick Robinson and his team from Holly Landscapes.  “I would also like to thank Jack Watts, Katie Thompsett and Chloe Reynolds who put on their gardening clothes and designed and planted the flowerbeds.”

Mrs Ross said: “It is a very fitting tribute by the students to those for whom the garden was first created – those people of Downham Market who gave their lives during the Second World War.”


Veteran Harry, 92, lays the first wreath

Crowds gather at the war memorial. Picture: Kevin Elfleet.
Crowds gather at the war memorial.
Picture: Kevin Elfleet.

A 92-year-old D-Day veteran played a key role in the Remembrance Day ceremony at Hunstanton.

Harry Brown, who received the Legion D’Honneur last week, laid the first wreath at the war memorial in Esplanade Gardens.

The wreath-laying service was followed by a silent tribute and a service at St Edmund’s Church.

Mr Brown, who served in the Royal Navy, was presented with his medal by North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham at a ceremony at Hunstanton.


Remembering Lynn’s fallen

Air Cadets parade in St James Street. Picture: Supplied.
Air Cadets parade in St James Street. Picture: Supplied.

Poignant tributes were paid on Remembrance Sunday as hundreds gathered in King’s Lynn to remember those who have lost their lives in combat.

West Norfolk Mayor David Whitby and North-West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham were among those who paraded through the town.

The cadets of Lynn’s 42F Squadron Air Training Corps also marched to the Greyfriars Memorial Gardens for the Act of Remembrance, where several hundred members of the public had gathered.

The Last Post was sounded and followed by two minutes’ silence.

Fifty wreaths were laid by representatives of the uniformed and civil organisations and a short service was led by the Bishop of Lynn the Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick.

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