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Tributes for fallen heroes

PUBLISHED: 12:15 14 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:47 05 July 2010

SPECIAL DAY: Crowds flocked to the Royal Plain.

SPECIAL DAY: Crowds flocked to the Royal Plain.

SERVICES were held all over Waveney this week as the country paid tribute to its fallen heroes.

On Remembrance Sunday there were large crowds at Lowestoft and Southwold for the parades to the war memorials at both towns.

SERVICES were held all over Waveney this week as the country paid tribute to its fallen heroes.

On Remembrance Sunday there were large crowds at Lowestoft and Southwold for the parades to the war memorials at both towns.

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

The parade at Lowestoft included members of the Royal British Legion, ex-service organisations, veterans, armed service representatives, youth organisations and civic leaders including Lowestoft mayor Frank Mortimer and chairman of Waveney District Council George Hawes.

The Lowestoft Squadron Air Training Corps marching band led the Lowestoft parade through the town to Royal Plain and included representatives of the East of England Regiment TA, the Queen's Dragoon Guard Troop, Army Cadet Force and Lowestoft Sea Cadets.

At Southwold the Southwold and Reydon Corps of Drums led the parade which included town and district councillors, along with representatives of the Royal British Legion, ex-service organisations, coastguards, RNLI and other emergency services along with youth organisations.

Services were also held at Halesworth, Beccles and Bungay and villages across the Waveney area.

At Corton the village saw a three-fold celebration of Remembrance Day on 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 Roger 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, parochial church council 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 USRN, 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 Val 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.

On Tuesday there were large crowds again at war memorials as people of all ages took part in the two-minute silence.

At the Lowestoft War Memorial, on Royal Plain, veterans were again joined by civic dignitaries and 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.

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