Ipswich pays tribute to fallen at Remembrance parade and service

Army Air Corps members from Wattisham Flying Station in the Remembrance Sunday procession at Christchurch Park, Ipswich 

Army Air Corps members from Wattisham Flying Station marching in the Remembrance Sunday procession at Christchurch Park, Ipswich - Credit: Paul Geater/Archant

A Remembrance Sunday procession marched through Ipswich to pay tribute to those who fell serving their country.

Thousands of people paid tribute at the Remembrance Sunday service in Christchurch Park, Ipswich

Thousands of people paid tribute at the Remembrance Sunday service in Christchurch Park, Ipswich - Credit: Paul Geater/Archant

After last year's service in Christchurch Park had to be scaled back due to Covid, this year the traditional parade and ceremony returned, with thousands paying tribute.

Crowds turned out to pay tribute at the Remembrance Sunday service in Christchurch Park, Ipswich

Crowds turned out to pay tribute at the Remembrance Sunday service in Christchurch Park, Ipswich - Credit: Paul Geater/Archant

The parade, including members of the Army Air Corps from Wattisham Flying Station as well as veterans, civic leaders and cadets, set off from Elm Street to march to the park.

Apaches from Wattisham also flew overhead during the service, as part of their support of Remembrance events around the area.

Apaches from Wattisham Flying Station flew over the Remembrance Sunday service in Christchurch Park, Ipswich

Apaches from Wattisham Flying Station flew over the Remembrance Sunday service in Christchurch Park, Ipswich - Credit: Paul Geater/Archant

The service in Christchurch Park was conducted by the Ven Rhiannon King, archdeacon of Ipswich.

Those attending were welcomed by John Downie, chair of Ipswich Royal British Legion, and St Margaret's Church Choir and Ipswich Choral Society sang at the service. Ipswich MP Tom Hunt was among those laying wreaths.

The civic party at the Remembrance Sunday service in Christchurch Park, Ipswich

The civic party at the Remembrance Sunday service in Christchurch Park, Ipswich - Credit: Paul Geater/Archant

After the two-minute silence and laying of poppy wreaths, the mayor, Elizabeth Hughes, and the deputy lord lieutenant of Suffolk, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, took the salute at the March Past.

The Remembrance Sunday procession setting off in Ipswich

The Remembrance Sunday procession setting off in Ipswich - Credit: Paul Geater/Archant

The crowds at the park today were not as large as in the past, due to the pandemic. But around 5,000 to 6,000 still went along to pay their respects at the service at the Cenotaph, organised by the Royal British Legion and Ipswich Borough Council.

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Those attending were being asked to take extra care by maintaining a safe distance from others and wearing face coverings in crowded areas. 

The Remembrance Sunday procession setting off today in Ipswich

The Remembrance Sunday procession setting off today in Ipswich - Credit: Paul Geater/Archant

 Ahead of the service, Ms Hughes said: “Last year, to protect the health of the most vulnerable in our community, including our older veterans, we had to limit attendees at the Remembrance Sunday service.

"This year, we are pleased to be able to commemorate in the traditional way by coming together in person to honour the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice and thank veterans and those actively serving in our Armed Forces."

Thousands went along to the Remembrance Sunday service in Christchurch Park, Ipswich

Thousands went along to the Remembrance Sunday service in Christchurch Park, Ipswich - Credit: Paul Geater/Archant

The Ipswich Reds buses, which are part of First Eastern Counties, tweeted: "At 11am today our drivers may pull over (where safe to do so) to observe the two-minute silence in Remembrance."

Poignant ceremonies were also held in Ipswich on Armistice Day, November 11.

Some of those paying tribute at the Remembrance Sunday service in Christchurch Park, Ipswich

Some of those paying tribute at the Remembrance Sunday service in Christchurch Park, Ipswich - Credit: Paul Geater/Archant

The civic group at the Ipswich Remembrance Sunday service

The civic group at the Ipswich Remembrance Sunday service, including the mayor, Elizabeth Hughes and deputy lord lieutenant of Suffolk, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, and MP Tom Hunt - Credit: Paul Geater/Archant

Some of those who attended the Remembrance Sunday service in Christchurch Park, Ipswich

Some of those who attended the Remembrance Sunday service in Christchurch Park, Ipswich - Credit: Paul Geater/Archant


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