Gallery: Poppy projection at University Campus Suffolk and ceremony marks Armistice Day

Poppy's are projected on to the front of the UCS building in Ipswich on Armistice Day. Photograph Si

Poppy's are projected on to the front of the UCS building in Ipswich on Armistice Day. Photograph Simon Parker - Credit: Archant

Remembrance events across Ipswich marking Armistice Day took place yesterday, including a ceremony in Christchurch Park and a falling poppy projection at University Campus Suffolk.

More than 100 residents, veterans and school pupils gathered at the Cenotaph in Christchurch Park in the morning, to pay their respects to those fallen during the conflicts.

The service was opened by deputy mayor Hamil Clarke, and led by Reverend Andrew Dotchin, Vicar of Whitton, and featured poetry readings by school pupils from Ormiston Endeavour Academy, Stoke High School and Westbourne Academy.

The service also featured prayers and wreath presentations by the three schools, followed by pupils reading out a list of notorious conflicts which have taken place since the end of the Second World War.

Deputy mayor Hamil Clarke, said: “It’s lovely to see so many here this morning, especially the children as it is a first for us doing this ceremony this morning.”

Veterans from the Suffolk and Royal Anglian Regiment, Royal Navy Association and Felixstowe and District Branch were also at the service in uniform.

At 11am a cannon blast marked the two minute silence in which those who served were remembered.

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Reverend Andrew Dotchin said: “We remember particularly those men of the Suffolk Regiment who left town and country 100 years ago to serve in the Great War, many of whom never to return to home and hearth.

“By my reckoning, half the Suffolk Regiment died in the Great War, but it was supposed to be the war to end all wars.”

In the evening, thousands of poppy petals fell from UCS’s Waterfront building to mark Armistice Day.

The poppies were projected onto the side of the building between 5pm and 8pm and represented the number of Suffolk lives lost in the First World War, 3,800 in total.

The university also held the first in a series of three free history lectures examining the war, commencing with a talk themed around food and the soldiers of WW1 by Dr Rachel Duffett, of the University of Essex, as well as an exhibition on the Woodbridge zeppelin raid of 1915.