Video/Gallery: Ipswich remembers those who lost their lives in conflict
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A perfect late autumn day helped bring out one of the largest crowds ever to Ipswich’s Remembrance Day event at the Cenotaph in Christchurch Park.
Thousands of people came to line the paths and cheer as veterans, service personnel, and other uniformed organisations paraded before and after the solemn service in front of the cenotaph.
In a year that marked the centenary of both the Battle of the Somme, which lasted for four months and only came to a halt in November, and the Battle of Jutland – the largest naval engagement of the First World War – there was much for those in the park to remember.
Organisers of Remembrance Day parades have been lucky with the weather over recent years and 2016 was no exception.
The event was attended by those of all ages – from babies in pushchairs to 100-year-old veteran Arthur Scoffield who joined the parade in his wheelchair.
Among those taking part this year was a delegation from Arras in northern France, Ipswich’s twin town, which was returning the visit by civic leaders to their city two years ago.
There was also a high turnout of personnel from nearby Wattisham Airfield, and as the two-minute silence came to an end just after 11am an Apache from the air base flew over the crowd in its own tribute to the fallen.