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Felixstowe/Ipswich: County set to remember war dead

PUBLISHED: 11:30 09 November 2012

Communities across Suffolk are holding Remembrance events on Sunday

Communities across Suffolk are holding Remembrance events on Sunday

TWO veterans from past conflicts will stand side-by-side with those who have fought in modern warfare as they honour the servicemen and women who have fought and died to protect our country.

Thousands of people in Ipswich and Felixstowe will fall silent on Sunday as a mark of respect to those who have fought in the trenches of France to the battlefields of Afghanistan.

Among them in Felixstowe will be Korean War veteran Paddie Breene, 84, and Eric Cook, 92, who served with the 8th Army during the Second World War.

Paddie, of Felixstowe, who spent 15 years in the Army and rose to the rank of captain, said: “I lost a lot of friends in the Army and I would like to pay my tributes to them.”

They will be joined at Felixstowe’s war memorial, on the seafront, by representatives of the 7th parachute regiment, The Royal Horse Artillery.

Paddie and Eric will both walk up with a wreath which will be laid by members of the regiment.

Eric, of Felixstowe, who served in north Africa, added: “It will be very special.

“There were friends of mine whose names are on the cenotaph and I want to pay tribute to them – that’s important to me.”

Paddie and Eric will both be representing the Royal Artillery Association.

Ipswich’s annual Remembrance Day service will take place on Sunday at the Cenotaph in Christchurch Park.

Current service personnel will be joined by ex-servicemen and women at the event where the town’s tributes to those who have fallen will be led by mayor Mary Blake.

The service starts at 10.50am and will include the traditional two-minute silence at 11am. It is expected to finish at about noon.

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