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Stowmarket/Felixstowe: Hundreds turn out for Remembrance Sunday

14:05 11 November 2012

Wreaths are laid by the War Memorial in Felixstowe today.

Wreaths are laid by the War Memorial in Felixstowe today.

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TOWNS and villages in east Suffolk stood silent for two minutes this morning as people paid their respects to those who have fallen in conflict.

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People in Stowmarket lined the streets to watch Armed Forces personnel from Wattisham Airfield parade down into the Market Place at 9am.

The Stowmarket Boys’ Brigade Band led the march with several community groups following including the Royal British Legion, Salvation Army, St John Ambulance, Red Cross, Scouting and Guiding Groups and other representatives from the Armed Forces.

David Ruffley MP for Bury St Edmunds attended a service held in St Peter and St Mary’s Church after the parade at 9.30am.

Mr Ruffley, who also represents Stowmarket said: “What was striking in the Remembrance procession was the huge number of young people - the Scouts, the Guides- which is a big a number as any part of my constituency.

“It shows that the youth in Stowmarket and district are very well aware of the importance of Remembrance Day.”

Dignitaries including deputy lord lieutenant for Suffolk, Dennis Stevenson and town councillors also attended.

Town mayor, Anne Whybrow said: “It is one of the main civic events of the year and whatever we do it’s about recognising all of those that have battled and fought for our freedom throughout the years. It’s amazing how year-on-year more and more of the community come out and show their support.”

A service was held in Felixstowe at Trinity Methodist Church at 9.45am.

A parade then marched to the War Memorial by the seafront for the Act of Remembrance which was watched by hundreds of people.

The Salvation Army played the Last Post before representatives from the town’s Royal British Legion gave short readings.

Second World War veteran, Brian Evans, 86, placed a wreath by the memorial for Seafarers UK. He served with the Coastal Forces from 1943-47 and spoke about the importance of Remembrance Sunday: “It’s very important especially for people that did not come back.

“I feel good about it - on the seafront here there’s lots of people, it’s not just a few turned out - people show their appreciation for what happened.”

Felixstowe mayor Mike Deacon said: “[Remembrance Sunday] is to show the debt of gratitude for the people that died which means that we have the freedom that we do.

“Occasions like this make sure we never forget and that will continue. Seeing all the young people here today - it’s important that the sentiment carries on.”

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  • The Felixstowe Rememberance Service was well attended on a beauitful day. However, the orgainsors have still not got the hang of running the event. For a start, they were late with the starting of the 2 minutes silence. This is the same every year. It is suposed to be the 11th hour on the 11th day on the 11th month. Being on time, means that we are united as a nation. As a military event, I would have thought that keeping to a timeline would have been one of high priorities. There is also a need to indicate the start and the end of the silence. This did not happen, unless a bugler who, almost, got the Last Post right was intended to be the signal. Then the most moving part of the ceremony was marred by the fact that it was almost inaudible, owing to the fact the the speakers were not allowed access to the microphone.Is that because it was a Christian event and it was their microphone? As a result, the moving speeches of "They shall not grow old..." and "for your tomorrow we gave today" was lost. It is also obvious that those marching would benefit from a band playing a military march. I am sure that the " Sally Anne" could muster a tune or two. Those who had their lives taken in battle in defence of us commeners and dignitaries alike deserve better from the Feklixstowe Town Council.

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