Suffolk: Memorial silence observed

SUFFOLK fell silent this morning as the county remembered those who have lost their lives fighting for their country.

The traditional Remembrance Sunday minute’s silence was observed at memorial gatherings in towns and villages across the region, marking the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 when the guns of Europe fell silent after four years of bitter fighting during The Great War.

Events to mark the day began in west Suffolk this morning at 10.30, when members of the armed forces, past and present, alongside young Army and Air Force cadets paraded along Hall Street in Long Melford towards Holy Trinity Church for a memorial service.

They paused along the route at the gates of Melford Hall where Sir Richard & Lady Hyde Parker - who have links to the Royal Navy dating back over several generations - took the march past salute.

A big parade and ceremony in Bury St Edmunds with a fly-past by an Apache helicopter from Wattisham and a service at St Mary’s Church is currently underway.

Another Remembrance Day parade has also taken place in Great Cornard.