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Town’s First World War heroes remembered at huge commemoration ceremony

PUBLISHED: 19:03 07 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:03 08 October 2018

Suffolk Remembers Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One at Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Suffolk Remembers Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One at Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher

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People came out in their droves to honour the brave men and women of Suffolk who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War – 100 years after the war ended.

The Suffolk Maritime Commemoration was staged at Lowestoft’s Belle Vue Park on Sunday, October 7 and was joint organised by Lowestoft Town Council.

The event is the first of five developed by the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk Lady Clare of Euston to help all generations gain an understanding and pay tribute to those who suffered during the war.

The memorial garden dedication in Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft.The memorial garden dedication in Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft.

It began with an impressive parade of Sea Cadets, Sea Scouts, The Royal Hospital School Band and the Royal Naval Association from Hamilton Road to the park.

The parade surrounded the park’s new poppy-shaped memorial garden, which features more than 3,000 knitted poppies and two ‘Tommy’ benches, as the Lord Lieutenant and Vice Admiral Sir Jonathan Woodcock led a dedication ceremony.

Suffolk Remembers Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One at Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft.
Picture: Nick ButcherSuffolk Remembers Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One at Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher

During the war Lowestoft lost 716 men and women.

And Lady Clare explained the essential role the town played through supplying the nation with food despite constant attack.

The memorial garden dedication in Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft.The memorial garden dedication in Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft.

She said: “It is impossible to exaggerate the level of threat that Lowestoft faced

“But with unparalleled courage Lowestoft held its ground and continued to supply the country with fish.

Clare,Countess of Euston, Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk laying a wreath at the Suffolk Remembers Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One at Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft.
Picture: Nick ButcherClare,Countess of Euston, Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk laying a wreath at the Suffolk Remembers Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One at Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher

“I’m sure in the years to come many of us will sit in the garden to stop, reflect and remember.”

Sir Jonathan added: “Hopefully this will be somewhere the young of Lowestoft will enjoy and cherish and learn from and become more than just another memorial.”

Suffolk Remembers Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One at Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft.
Picture: Nick ButcherSuffolk Remembers Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One at Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher

Following the dedication the parade continued through the park to the Royal Naval Patrol Service Memorial, where a commemoration ceremony took place and wreaths were placed.

Mike Mizen, chairman of the Royal Naval Association’s Norwich branch, said remembrance events were vital to pay respect to those who fought for their country.

Suffolk Remembers Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One at Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft.
Picture: Nick ButcherSuffolk Remembers Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One at Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher

He said: “It is essential people remember and pay homage to those who have given their lives for their country, especially younger people.

“If they are not aware of what has been sacrificed in the past they will take what they have now for granted. Everything we have now, especially the freedoms, have been hard earned.”

The memorial garden dedication in Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft.The memorial garden dedication in Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft.

Clare,Countess of Euston, Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk at the Suffolk Remembers Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One at Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft.
Picture: Nick ButcherClare,Countess of Euston, Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk at the Suffolk Remembers Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One at Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher

Vice-Admiral Sir Jonathan Woodcock at the Suffolk Remembers Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One at Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft.
Picture: Nick ButcherVice-Admiral Sir Jonathan Woodcock at the Suffolk Remembers Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One at Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher

Suffolk Remembers Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One at Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft.
Picture: Nick ButcherSuffolk Remembers Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One at Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher

Suffolk Remembers Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One at Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft.
Picture: Nick ButcherSuffolk Remembers Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One at Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher

The memorial garden dedication in Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft.The memorial garden dedication in Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft.

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