Colchester falls silent in act of remembrance to mark Armistice Day

Colchester's civilian and military communities came together to mark Armistice Day.
A two-minute si

Colchester's civilian and military communities came together to mark Armistice Day. A two-minute silence was held outside Colchester Town Hall at 11am - Credit: Corporal Andy Reddy RLC

The military and civilian communities in Colchester came together this morning to commemorate Armistice Day.

Garrison Sergeant Major, WO1 Ceri Ceaser talking to Colchester schoolchildren.

Garrison Sergeant Major, WO1 Ceri Ceaser talking to Colchester schoolchildren. - Credit: Corporal Andy Reddy RLC

A two-minute silence was held outside the Town Hall at 11am, 97 years after the First World War ended.

Crowds joined Colchester Mayor Theresa Higgins, councillors, veterans from the Royal British Legion and representatives of Colchester Garrison for the communal silence.

A bugler from The Band of The Queens Division played the Last Post from the Town Hall balcony to start the silence, held to honour the lives and sacrifice of the fallen and those that have been injured in the line of duty in the First and Second World Wars, and all conflicts since.

Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Scott, interim Commander of Colchester Garrison, said: “There is a unity between Colchester’s military and civilian communities and it is important we join together to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Mayor of Colchester councillor Theresa Higgins (centre), Terry Sutton, Present of the Colchester Roy

Mayor of Colchester councillor Theresa Higgins (centre), Terry Sutton, Present of the Colchester Royal British Legion (centre right) and Garrison Sergeant Major, WO1 Ceri Ceaser, as Colchester's civilian and military communities came together to mark Armistice Day. A two-minute silence was held outside Colchester Town Hall - Credit: Corporal Andy Reddy RLC


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“As soldiers, it is heartening to see the strong turnout from the people of Colchester today and on Remembrance Sunday and we are very thankful to the town for its support.”

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