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Services held to honour our heroes

PUBLISHED: 16:31 11 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:45 05 July 2010

THE Waveney area joined the rest of the country at 11am today to mark the 90th anniversary of the ending of the First World War.

At the Lowestoft War Memorial on Royal Plain veterans were joined by civic dignitaries, including Mayor of Lowestoft Frank Mortimer and chairman of Waveney District Council George Hawes along with many members of the public.

THE Waveney area joined the rest of the country at 11am today to mark the 90th anniversary of the ending of the First World War.

At the Lowestoft War Memorial on Royal Plain veterans were joined by civic dignitaries, including Mayor of Lowestoft Frank Mortimer and chairman of Waveney District Council George Hawes along with many members of the public.

Organisations represented at the ceremony, led by Rev Thomas Hawthorn, MBE, included the Royal British Legion, Royal Naval Patrol Service, Royal Artillery, Army Cadets, Sea Cadets and the prison service.

The two-minute silence was impeccably observed and although the rain held off there was a biting cold wind at England's most easterly service.

A few miles down the coast at Southwold the mayor, Teresa Baggott, was among a large number of people who gathered round the memorial outside St Edmund's Church.

This year's ceremonies were even more poignant marking the 90th anniversary of the First World War and the fact that members of the armed forces are still involved in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

On Sunday there were ceremonies held all over the Waveney area as the nation paid tribute to all those affected by conflicts in the past 90 years.

Wreaths were laid at war memorials in honour of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

It was not only the towns where ceremonies were held as villages in north Suffolk also held special services.

At Corton the village saw a three-fold celebration of Remembrance Day last Sunday.

St. Bartholomew's Church was full for a morning service which began with a parade by the 14th scouts and included the participation of the scouts and a dedication of their colours.

Later about 40 people attended a mid-morning service at the village war memorial, led by Rev Key, among them the families of the Corton fallen and Sylvia Hammond, daughter of Lt. Cdr. Roy Edwards. Wreaths dedicated to the Corton fallen were laid on behalf of the vicar, wardens, pcc and members of St. Bartholomew's Church and on behalf of the people of Corton.

Wreaths to the memory of Lt. Cdr. Edwards and Ensign John Howard U.S.R.N., both killed while defusing a mine on Corton beach, were laid by Mrs Hammond's family.

The service at Corton Methodist Church was led by Rev V. Burgess and was synchronised by radio with events at the Cenotaph. For the older generation Les Pearson laid a wreath on the memorial while the younger generation was represented by his grandson Billy Lund.

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