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A time for reflection across Lowestoft as Armistice Day remembers those killed in war

PUBLISHED: 13:58 11 November 2015 | UPDATED: 13:58 11 November 2015

The annual Armistice Day Service on the Royal Plain in Lowestoft

The annual Armistice Day Service on the Royal Plain in Lowestoft

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More than 100 people gathered on the Royal Plain in Lowestoft to take part in a two-minute silence to mark the moment when allied forces declared an end to fighting with Germany 97 years ago.

The Armistice Day Service in Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick HowesThe Armistice Day Service in Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick Howes

Bob King, Lowestoft Royal British Legion Chairman, described how the small service was “to remember all those that sacrificed their lives for our futures and to remember current conflicts and the injured”.

“I lost my grandfather in the First World War and he has got no known grave, it is just his name on a monument”, Mr King said.

“I never actually knew him so I was thinking of him when we held the silence.”

Over at the Lowestoft War Museum, pupils from three schools in the town gathered to mark the time in 1918 when the guns finally fell silent along the Western Front.

Children from Roman Hill Primary School, Northfield St Nicholas Primary Academy and Ormiston Denes Academy made their own poppy wreaths and placed crosses in the outdoor memorial garden.

Curator Robert Jarvis described how the service of remembrance was “very moving” with about 70 children and 20 adults in attendance.

“I am hoping this is the first of many activities we can plan with the schools,” he said.

“We had a few private memorials planted and they will soon be brought in as part of a permanent display,” Mr Jarvis added.

Ormiston Denes Academy Year 7 student Ethan Smart said: “It is key that we know the information and to remember the people who risked their lives for the freedom we have now.”

And at the Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church on Gordon Road, visitors gathered to watch a special performance from the Waveney Singers- who performed a show including facts about the town along with popular songs including ‘Run Rabbit Run’ and ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’.

Linda Goodhand, leader of the group, said: “It went well and we got a standing ovation.

“This year we have put in little bullet points about what happened in Lowestoft during the war and we take the show through the war and put in 1940’s music.

“We do it for ‘Help for Heroes’ and we start to learn this at the beginning of the year.”

■ For more pictures and a full report, pick up this Friday’s Journal.

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