Council announces public Remembrance events
As the start of Remembrance approaches, Great Yarmouth Borough Council invites residents to commemorate the fallen and support the armed forces community in person at several public events in the upcoming weeks.
No public events were able to take place for Remembrance Day in 2020 due to the pandemic and the national restrictions put in place to help control Coronavirus and protect the community, including the most vulnerable.
Trafalgar Day Service - October 24, 1 pm
The service, which will take place at Nelson's Monument on Sunday, 24 October, at 1 pm, is open to all who wish to honour Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson, who was killed by a French sniper at the Battle of Trafalgar on October 21, 1805.
Cllr Adrian Thompson, the Mayor of the Great Yarmouth borough, will lay a wreath at the base of the column on behalf of the people of the borough. The service will also include hymns, prayers, and readings. Cllr Kerry Robinson-Payne, who was the curator of the recently closed Nelson Museum, will read an account of the Battle of Trafalgar.
Poppy Appeal launch - October 27, 11 am
The Royal British Legion, which has supported the Armed Forces community since 1921, distribute their paper poppies every year in November to raise vital funds. The British Legion and poppy sellers will be at Market Gates from Wednesday, 27 October, at 11 am.
Entertainment will be provided by the Full House, who will be playing some 1940s style music, and military vehicles will be in the entrance of the shopping centre.
Remembrance Day - November 14, 10.50 pm
The borough's Remembrance Sunday service will take place at the War Memorial at St George's Park, on Sunday, November 14. The Parade Marshals and Youth Organisations will march to St George's Park at 10.35 am. Residents are invited to gather at 10.50 am with a two-minute silence at 11 am.
The Mayor of Great Yarmouth, Cllr Adrian Thompson will lay a wreath on the 1939-1945 Memorial. He said: "Residents were invited to commemorate these events at home last year, to ensure they kept themselves and others safe during the height of the Covid pandemic. This year, as restrictions have lifted, residents are able to join us in remembering those who have fallen in battle and pay their respects."