Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 14°C

Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Video + Gallery: Little Ships’ daring deeds of wartime remembered at thanksgiving service in Ipswich

11:00 27 May 2013

Hundreds gathered for the remembrance service of the Dunkirk Little Ships at the Haven Marina in Ipswich.

Hundreds gathered for the remembrance service of the Dunkirk Little Ships at the Haven Marina in Ipswich.

Archant

Courage and sacrifice were remembered as a flotilla of the heroic Little Ships arrived in Suffolk to mark the 73rd anniversary of the evacuation of Dunkirk.

The vessels visited Ipswich for a parade and poignant quayside open-air memorial and thanksgiving service, with the ships open for the public to visit during the weekend.

Sailing up the River Orwell to Haven Marina, the ships were a magnificent sight, some of the contingent well in to their 80s, the remainder of around 700 small boats which between them help to evacuate 338,000 allied troops in Operation Dynamo.

Many of the boats that took part in the operation were never intended to go to sea and included little fishing boats, cabin cruisers, small ferries and gentlemen’s Thames launches.

The Harwich Royal British Legion Pipe Band led the parade along the dock, followed by the standard bearers of forces organisations, war veterans, cadet force groups, and civic dignitaries.

Thirteen mayors took part including the Mayor of Ipswich Hamil Clarke and mayoress Daisy Weekes, along with their counterparts from towns including Felixstowe, Colchester, Diss, Haverhill, Sudbury, the Lord Mayor of Norwich, and council chairmen and officials.

Rev Gordon Warren, a chaplain with the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships, led the service, which he said was to recall “the bravery and courageous deeds” of the small boats which took part in the rescue mission between May 27 and June 4, 1940.

He said: “The uppermost thought in people’s minds was our troops need rescuing and I have the means to help.

“It revealed the highest motivation, courage and unconditional love.

“Looking at these beautiful Little Ships, we see a stirring sacrifice and resolution in the face of a determined foe. We should never forget the deeds of these fine vessels and their crews.”

He said the actions of the crews, carried out under heavy aerial attack from the German forces, could be regarded as a miracle.

Historians agree that had the evacuation not been successful, England would almost certainly have lost the war.

The ships will sail from Ipswich at 1pm today.

1 comment

Motorcyclist banned

A handyman has lost his driving licence after police saw him speeding on his motorbike while over the drug-drive limit.

Police have been called to a collision between a Ford Focus and a Ford Fiesta near to the Suffolk Ski Centre.

Fraudster must now pay back £183,000

The kingpin behind internet escort and debt elimination scams which fleeced £5.7million from 17,300 victims has had the amount he must pay back reduced from £750,000 to £183,000.

Sir Stanley Rous

Sir Alf Ramsey wasn’t the only Suffolk knight to have a key role in the World Cup Final of 1966.

Team manager Alf Ramsey and trainer Harold Sheperdson (standing) watch England's victory over Germany in the 1966 World Cup

On the 50th anniversary of his greatest triumph, we are today celebrating Sir Alf Ramsey, the man who inspired both Ipswich Town and England to extraordinary levels of success and glory.

Millions of pounds are lost each year in our region due to people wasting medicines. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Suffolk health chiefs are urging people to buy their own treatments after they spent £3.4 million on “wasted medicines” in the past year.

Samuel and Darren Noller at the Eiffel Tower, Paris

A father and son cycling duo raised more than £3,000 for a Suffolk charity helping women struggling with addiction.

The 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment marched through Woodbridge Market Hill to mark 10 years of being based just outside the town at Rock Barracks.

Crowds of people lined the streets of a Suffolk town to salute locally based soldiers.

Jubilee Meadow and Orchard, in Bredfield, near Woodbridge, received Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Community Award. Planting the young orchard trees on a raw March day.

A Suffolk village will be flying the standard for top quality parks and gardens after receiving Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Community Award.

Police are investigating

Police have been called to Thurston Road near Bury St Edmunds this evening after a bull escaped its field and onto the road.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24