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Remembrance: Ipswich remembers 100 years on

The annual Ipswich Remembrance Service organised by the Royal British Legion and Ipswich Borough Council will take place at the Cenotaph in Christchurch Park on Sunday 11th November.

The moving service, commemorating 100 years since the guns fell silent on the Western Front in the First World War, will start at 10.50am and will be attended by veterans, civic leaders, cadets and members of the public.

After the service the Mayor, Councillor Jane Riley, and the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Clare, Countess of Euston, will take the salute at the March Past.

On Thursday 8th November at 11am, local schoolchildren will join veterans and the Mayor at the Fields of Honour in the Old Cemetery for a service of remembrance. Each child will lay a poppy at the grave of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Also on Thursday 8th November, children will attend a special service organised by the Royal British Legion in Christchurch Park at 11am. Poppy crosses will be laid at the War Memorial at the same time similar services take place throughout Suffolk. This service will be attended by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Sarah Barber.

The Mayor will plant one of 18 commemorative English Oaks near the Cenotaph in Christchurch Park at 11am this Saturday 27th October ahead of launching the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal at Sailmakers Shopping Centre. At 11.40am the Mayor will lead a Parade of Veterans and Standards from St Mary-le-Tower Church to Sailmakers for the launch at noon.

This will be followed by a performance of wartime songs by the Ipswich Hospital Band’s woodwind section in Tavern Street while a gun carriage is pulled through the town centre, with local cadets collecting money for the Poppy Appeal.

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