Five-year-old Wyatt Etherington Hughes.

The West Norfolk community found different ways to pay their respects and keep Remembrance alive amid the pandemic.

Jamie Robinson, of JR Light and Sound, illuminated Denver war memorial and the Belle Vue Guest House in honour of those who fought and were lost.

The illuminations included poppies, soldiers’ silhouettes and the words “Lest We Forget”. 

Downham Market Rotary Club president Howard Phillips took the opportunity to lay a wreath at the town’s war memorial the day before the second lockdown began.

His Rotary colleague, Rev David Yabbacome, offered a short prayer at the socially distanced ceremony and six Rotary members were able to attend.

Mr Phillips said: “We took the opportunity to lay our wreath at the war memorial in memory of all those who have given their lives in the service of our country while it was still possible. 

“I was one of the lucky generation being born just after the end of the Second World War, but I think it vital that we all remember the ultimate sacrifice made by so many and never allow the memory to fade away.”

King’s Lynn youngster Wyatt Etherington Hughes raised £765 for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal with a sponsored walk in memory of his grandad Major Mark Etherington.

The five-year-old, who attends  St Martha’s Primary School in Gaywood, walked to his nan’s house and to school 31 times – the number of years his grandad served with the Coldstream Guards before he died in 2014.

His great-aunt, Leah Claxton, also of Lynn, said Wyatt laid a poppy wreath in Tower Gardens on behalf of Coldstream Guards. 

He also made a wreath with five poppies to represent Major Etherington’s five grandchildren.

“He is just amazing and we are so proud of him,” she said.

Determined to pay their respects to the fallen, volunteers at The Bridge For Heroes in King’s Lynn organised a small,  socially distanced gathering on Remembrance Sunday.

The charity, which supports veterans and their families, held a minute’s silence outside its South Clough Lane base to remember lives lost in all conflicts.

A wreath was also laid by Paul Frost and Pat Callaghan at the silhouette of Private Tweedy, a local man who died in 1917 in a Flanders field aged 19.

Mike Taylor, The Bridge For Heroes chief executive, said: “It is of enormous importance that the sacrifice made by millions of men and women and, in many cases, children is not forgotten.  

“The laying of a wreath on Remembrance Sunday in honour of the fallen is extremely important to veterans and serving members of the armed forces, together with the families and loved ones of those lost.  

“At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”