Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 12°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Gallery: Bury St Edmunds remembers the First World War with centenary service

16:16 04 August 2014

Archant

The heroes of the First World War were remembered in Bury St Edmunds this morning as more than 100 people turned out for a special centenary service.

shares

Civic and military figures from across the county gathered at the town’s war memorial on the Angel Hill to pay their respects on the day marking 100 years since the war began.

Ron Day, president of the Bury branch of the Royal British Legion, joined Reverend Canon Matthew Vernon, St Edmundsbury Cathedral’s sub-dean, in addressing the crowds.

Revd Canon Vernon said: “We are gathered here today to remember before God those who have died for their country in the tragedy of war; those whom we knew and whose memory we treasure, and all who have lived and died in the service of humanity.”

Mr Day and St Edmundsbury mayor Robert Everitt laid wreaths of poppies on the war memorial before the British and American national anthems were played, with representatives from RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath among those in attendance.

Other guests included Suffolk’s High Sheriff, Nicholas Wingfield Digby.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Day said: “There’s a lot more people here than I expected, it’s a very good attendance.

“It’s a unique day, it won’t ever happen again in our lifetimes. It’s something that should be remembered and it’s been fantastic.”
Members of Royal British Legion clubs from across the region were involved in the ceremony as standard bearers.

Ron Lovell, a member of the Bury branch, said: “It is a very special day today. It’s good to see the town give us so much support.”

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Shelley Singh

Police are appealing for help in tracing a missing 30-year-old woman from Sudbury.

Gerald West leaves Ipswich Crown Court

Oakwood School’s former deputy head teacher and one of its care workers have been given 12-month conditional discharges for assaulting pupils.

The old Oakwood School in Stowmarket.

The former headteacher of a Suffolk school has been jailed for seven years for sexual offences against children.

Colchester High Street

Two sisters have been charged in connection with the theft of an 89-year-old woman’s purse in Colchester.

Image issued by the British Geological Survey of a graphic showing where an earthquake struck in Sandwich, Kent. Photo: British Geological Survey

Earth tremors have been felt in Suffolk and Essex after a 4.3 magnitude earthquake struck Kent.

The crash on the A12 near Wickham Market.

A lorry and van crashed on the A12 near Wickham Market after a blow-out tyre puncture.

Paul Flatman has been sentenced after more than 6,000 chickens died at Hawksmill Farm

A farmer has been ordered to pay more than £12,000 and has been given a suspended prison sentence for failing to animal welfare advice.

Police Officers. Picture: Ian Burt

Two officers who were based at Braintree have been dismissed from Essex Police for gross misconduct.

James Rowe with his sisters, Amy and Beth

A father has spoken out about his 24-year-old son’s untimely death in a bid to prevent another “avoidable tragedy” as a result of diabetes.

Passengers are delayed at stations including at Ipswich, Norwich and Colchester 


Picture by Jerry Turner

Rail passengers faced delays of up to 45minutes due to a broken down train between Kelvedon and Witham.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages