Gallery: Generations unite to mark Armistice Day in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 13:03 11 November 2015 | UPDATED: 13:05 11 November 2015

Rev Andrew Dotchin leads the ceremony at the Field of Honour with the Mayor of Ipswich Glenn Chisholm.

Rev Andrew Dotchin leads the ceremony at the Field of Honour with the Mayor of Ipswich Glenn Chisholm.

Schoolchildren and service veterans came together to mark Armistice Day at special events in Ipswich’s Fields of Honour at the town’s Old Cemetery.

Primary school children from St Mary’s, St Margaret’s, St John’s and Sidegate Lane placed crosses on the graves of those who fell during the war – and were also joined by youngsters from Bucklesham Primary.

Ipswich Mayor Glen Chisholm led the commemorations in the Second World War Field of Honour while Deputy Mayor Bill Quinton laid the first wreath in the First World War Field of Honour a short distance away.

The Ipswich ceremony has developed into an event marked by young and old over recent years – and this year was accompanied by perfect weather for early November.

The veterans were able to turn out in their blazers with medals shining while the youngsters were able to concentrate on the message from event Chaplain Rev Andrew Dotchin rather than having to worry about fending off the cold or wet.

Political leaders including borough council leader David Ellesmere and county council chairman Jane Storey also took part in the event.

The two-minute silence was immaculately observed – and was bookended by the sound of explosive maroons over the town centre.

At the same time another ceremony at Christchurch Park Cenotaph saw more children lay crosses beside the memorial to mark those who lost their lives in conflicts.

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