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A time to reminisce and remember

PUBLISHED: 12:40 10 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 05 July 2010

A solemn moment from the Royal Naval Patrol Service's service of remembrance. Picture: Andy Darnell

A solemn moment from the Royal Naval Patrol Service's service of remembrance. Picture: Andy Darnell

FORMER servicemen were joined by relatives, dignitaries and wellwishers for a service of remembrance at Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft.

About 350 people descended on the park on Saturday to witness the reunion of former comrades and remember those who served with the Royal Naval Patrol Service during the years 1939 to 1946.

FORMER servicemen were joined by relatives, dignitaries and wellwishers for a service of remembrance at Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft.

About 350 people descended on the park on Saturday to witness the reunion of former comrades and remember those who served with the Royal Naval Patrol Service during the years 1939 to 1946.

The service, which included hymns, prayers and a two-minute silence, was led by the Rev Jim Izzard, who came from the Isle of Wight for the event. He was assisted by Tim Jenkins, from the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen.

This was followed by a march to Sparrow's Nest, where they saluted RNPSAssociation president Cmdr Gary Titmus and Cmdr Liz Spencer.

The Air Training Corps played for the march, and Lowestoft Sea Cadets provided the escort for the national standard.

In all, eight standards were paraded, including, for the last time, those from the Fleetwood and North London branches, which closed earlier this year.

George Hawes, chairman of Waveney District Council, and Lowestoft mayor Frank Mortimer were among those present at the service.

They were also among the 200 people who attended a formal meal at the Ocean Room, Gorleston, that evening.

Also in attendance were three people who had travelled across oceans to be there.

“There were two from the US and one from Australia,” said Leo Whisstock, assistant secretary of the RNPS.

“It shows the real friendship there is among the service lads and the sons of colleagues.”

Other events during the annual reunion included social evenings at the Beaconsfield Club, Lowestoft, and the annual meeting at the Ocean Room. The association's museum at Sparrow's Nest was open throughout the week.

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