Towns and villages in West Suffolk honour the fallen in services of Remembrance
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Hundreds of people turned out to attend services of Remembrance in Needham Market and Ixworth with a White Poppy Wreath service taking place in Stowmarket and the Muslim community in Long Melford supporting a Poppy Appeal.
In Needham more than 300 people attended a service in St John’s Parish Church along with a procession through the High Street.
Stephen Miles, of Great Ashfield, the new Deputy Lord Lieutenant, attended the event along with his predecessor Sam Wilson and county councillor Anne Whybrow.
The Army Air Corps at Wattisham Flying Station was represented by Captain Price, 10 soldiers plus two instructors from the Army Cadet Force Detachment.
Sapper Bradley Gooding, from Needham and who is currently serving in the Royal Engineers at the Royal School of Military Engineering, in Chatham, was able to join the procession. He also read the Collect during the Church Service and laid a wreath on behalf of his Corps.
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He attended the town’s Bosmere Primary School and Stowupland High School before joining the Corps of Royal Engineers at the Army Apprentices College, Harrogate, two years ago.
Children from Sapper Gooding’s former primary school participated in a service held at the Millennium Memorial, on Barratts Lane, the previous Friday, where they laid a wreath, together with Town Mayor Xy Stansfield.
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The Ixworth Remembrance parade, was well attended with crowds gathering in the cold sunshine to watch the parade march down from the fire station to the church, where the Act of Remembrance was carried out round the memorial.
Following the end of the Remembrance Service in Stowmarket there was the dedication of a White Poppy Wreath at the town’s Memorial Gates.
Since 1933 the White Poppy has been a symbol of remembrance for both civilian and military victims of war across the world and the service was made possible after discussions between the Town Council and a representative of the Peace Pledge Union.
The Rev Michael Eden, of Stowmarket Parish Church, officiated at the service and said prayers and there was a reading about the meaning of the White Poppy, and councillor Miles Row laid the wreath at the Memorial Gates.
And Cafe Massala, in Long Melford, organised a Poppy Appeal to fundraise and create awareness for Remembrance Sunday.
Participating was Mahbub Alam, Imam Hafiz Abul Kalam, Razak Amin and others from the Muslim community.