Lest we forget - children and veterans lay poppies in tribute

The Armistice Service at the Old Cemetery in Ipswich

The Armistice Service at the Old Cemetery in Ipswich - Credit: Charlotte Bond/Archant

Children paid tribute at Remembrance services to mark Armistice Day around Ipswich today.

An annual Armistice Service was held at the Fields of Honour in the town's Old Cemetery in Belvedere Road.

Veterans were joined by pupils from St John's, St Mary's and Sidegate and Primary Schools and Year 5 pupils from St Margaret's for the poignant occasion. 

Children lay their poppy crosses on the graves at the Old Cemetery in Ipswich

Children lay their poppy crosses on the graves at the Old Cemetery in Ipswich - Credit: Charlotte Bond/Archant

Ipswich MP Tom Hunt and the mayor, Elizabeth Hughes, attended the ceremony at the First World War and Second World War graves.

At 11am, each child lay a poppy at the graves of those who made the ultimate sacrifice at 11am, marking the 103rd anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Ipswich MP Tom Hunt at the Armistice service at the Old Cemetery

Ipswich MP Tom Hunt at the Armistice service at the Old Cemetery - Credit: Charlotte Bond/Archant

At the same time, children also laid poppy crosses at the Cenotaph in Christchurch Park.

The deputy mayor, John Cook, attended the service, organised by the Royal British Legion.

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Pupils from Chantry Academy, Stoke Academy, Copleston High School and Year Six at St Margaret’s took part.

Veterans at the Armistice Day service at the Old Cemetery in Ipswich

Veterans at the Armistice Day service at the Old Cemetery in Ipswich - Credit: Charlotte Bond/Archant

Orwell Park School in nearby Nacton held its own Act of Remembrance, with all the prep school pupils and staff processing through the grounds.

Headmaster Adrian Brown read a roll call of the fallen, and the Last Post was performed by director of music Tom Stapleton and Grainger, a Year 8 pupil. Father John Thackray read the Collect following the minute's silence.

The Desert Rats were stationed at Orwell Park School during the Second World War on their way from Thetford Forest to the Normandy landings, and they were also remembered at the service.

The mayor of Ipswich, Elizabeth Hughes, with her wreath at the Remembrance service at the Old Cemetery in Ipswich

The mayor of Ipswich, Elizabeth Hughes, with her wreath at the Remembrance service at the Old Cemetery in Ipswich - Credit: Charlotte Bond/Archant

The Remembrance service for Armistice Day at the Old Cemetery in Ipswich

The Remembrance service for Armistice Day at the Old Cemetery in Ipswich - Credit: Charlotte Bond/Archant

The Remembrance service on Armistice Day at the Old Cemetery in Ipswich

The Remembrance service on Armistice Day at the Old Cemetery in Ipswich - Credit: Charlotte Bond/Archant

The standards carried at the service at the Old Cemetery in Ipswich

The standards carried at the service at the Old Cemetery in Ipswich - Credit: Charlotte Bond/Archant

The procession at the Armistice Service at the Old Cemetery in Ipswich

The procession at the Armistice Service at the Old Cemetery in Ipswich - Credit: Charlotte Bond/Archant

Deputy Ipswich mayor John Cook at the Armistice Service in Christchurch Park

Deputy Ipswich mayor John Cook at the Armistice Service in Christchurch Park - Credit: IBC

A poignant moment at the Armistice Service in Christchurch Park

A poignant moment at the Armistice Service in Christchurch Park - Credit: IBC

Poppy tributes at the service in Christchurch Park, Ipswich

Poppy tributes at the service in Christchurch Park - Credit: IBC

Paying tribute at the service on Armistice Day in Christchurch Park, Ipswich

Paying tribute at the service on Armistice Day in Christchurch Park, Ipswich - Credit: IBC

Playing bagpipes at the service for Armistice Day at Orwell Park School in Nacton

Playing bagpipes at the service for Armistice Day at Orwell Park School in Nacton - Credit: Orwell Park School

Pupils at Orwell Park School in Nacton at the Armistice Day service

Pupils at Orwell Park School in Nacton at the Armistice Day service - Credit: Orwell Park School

The Last Post being played at Orwell Park School's service in Nacton

The Last Post was played by director of music Tom Stapleton and Grainger, a Year 8 pupil, at Orwell Park School's service - Credit: Orwell Park School


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