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All you need to know as Felixstowe marks Remembrance

PUBLISHED: 13:23 09 November 2018

Felixstowe will be remembering the fallen this weekend Picture: STEPHEN SQUIRRELL

Felixstowe will be remembering the fallen this weekend Picture: STEPHEN SQUIRRELL

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People in Felixstowe will come together this weekend at a series of events and church services to remember those who gave their lives in the First World War.

Specially produced remembrance flags on the 18th hole at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club, which has a Remembrance Day competition on November 11 with a minute's silence on the course at 11am Picture: FELIXSTOWE FERRY GOLF CLUBSpecially produced remembrance flags on the 18th hole at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club, which has a Remembrance Day competition on November 11 with a minute's silence on the course at 11am Picture: FELIXSTOWE FERRY GOLF CLUB

Over the past few weeks momentum has been building with a series of events, including the installation of two Tommys – silhouettes of a soldier with rifle – in the Town Hall Gardens on the seafront and on the Triangle in the town centre – as stark reminders of the sacrifice that was made for freedom.

The figures are part of the There But Not There project to remember 888,246 British and Commonwealth service personnel who died in the 1914-18 conflict.

A Poppy Trail with exhibition has also been launched at St Peter and St Paul Church, Old Felixstowe, running until November 17, a cascade of poppies has been placed at St John’s Church, and an exhibition is taking place at the library in Crescent Road until November 18.

On Saturday, there will be a Festival of Remembrance at St John’s Church, Orwell Road, at 7.30pm, featuring the Essential Sounds Big Band. Tickets are £10 from Stillwater Books and Crafty Coffee – with all proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal.

The wreath-laying parade and ceremony will take place from 10.45am on Sunday Picture: STEPHEN SQUIRRELLThe wreath-laying parade and ceremony will take place from 10.45am on Sunday Picture: STEPHEN SQUIRRELL

Sunday, November 11, Armistice Day, is the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War when the world will fall silent for two minutes at 11am to remember.

All of Felixstowe’s churches will be staging special services with the Civic Service of Remembrance at St John’s Church at 9.45am, followed by the Act of Remembrance with wreath-laying at the War Memorial opposite Felixstowe Town Hall, in Undercliff Road West, at 10.45am. Both will led by vicar of St John’s and Rural Dean, Rev Andrew Dotchin.

Following this there will be a short ceremony at noon for a 12.15pm start at Felixstowe Cemetery at the war graves of the combatants of both sides in the war.

Then at 6.15pm the Felixstowe Remembers and Battle’s Over Beacon Lighting events will take place at the War Memorial on the seafront, organised by Felixstowe Town Council and local volunteer Darren Aitchison, in conjunction with the Felixstowe Branch of the Royal British Legion,

Bev Boyce and Jean Macpherson at the memorial to the Butterworths and Eric Durrant as part of the Poppy Trail at St Peter and St Paul Picture: RICHARD CORNWELLBev Boyce and Jean Macpherson at the memorial to the Butterworths and Eric Durrant as part of the Poppy Trail at St Peter and St Paul Picture: RICHARD CORNWELL

Preceded by music from the Salvation Army Band, an assembly of 163 volunteers – representing each of the fallen recorded in Felixstowe – carrying hand-held paraffin fuelled torches will walk a short section of the road in front of the Town Hall Gardens to the memorial.

As a roll-call of Felixstowe residents – their names, ages and dates of when they died – who lost their lives in the First World War is read out, each volunteer will step forward to extinguish their flame.

The event concludes at 7pm with the lighting of a beacon following which the church bells will ring at 7.05pm as communities come together in nationwide commemoration.

Mayor Graham Newman said: “As we unite as a community, it is our sincerest hope that each of you take the time to reflect, in whichever way you feel is appropriate, on the lives lost from Felixstowe and around the world as a result of war and in particular those that never returned home when the First World War ended 100 years ago. Our thanks to everybody who helped bring this fitting programme of tributes together.”

The Poppy Trail will run until November 17 Picture: RICHARD CORNWELLThe Poppy Trail will run until November 17 Picture: RICHARD CORNWELL

Rev John Aston and members of the Felixstowe Wesel Association at the graves of the German servicemen for a previous Remembrance ceremony to mark the loss of lives on both sides of the conflict Picture: ARCHANT ARCHIVERev John Aston and members of the Felixstowe Wesel Association at the graves of the German servicemen for a previous Remembrance ceremony to mark the loss of lives on both sides of the conflict Picture: ARCHANT ARCHIVE

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