Dereham Peace Day 2019: Everything you need to know
PUBLISHED: 14:14 16 July 2019 | UPDATED: 14:20 16 July 2019
A day of events are being held in Dereham to mark 100 years since peace was celebrated after the First World War.
Organisers behind the town's Peace Day, which replaces this year's carnival, are putting the final touches to event taking place on Saturday July 20.
And here is the full programme of everything that will be happening on the day:
Dereham Town Band will play in the Market Place until 11am, while the arrival of returning soldiers on a steam train will take place at the Mid Norfolk Railway station. They will be met by visitors from 1919 before a guard of honour, organised by the Royal British Legion, takes place. A special viewing area is being set up for the public. RBL members will lead a march with army personnel to the Market Place.
An inter-denominational Peace Day service will take place at St Nicholas Church, on Church Street. It will be attended by the 1919 visitors, soldiers and invited guests, including the families of men whose names appear on Dereham's war memorial plus families of men who survived the Great War. Members of the army and RBL will also attend and it is also open to anyone else who wants to go.
The church bells will ring.
The 1919 visitors and soldiers will have lunch at the King's Head, on Norwich Street, where people are invited to share a pint or two with them.
The 1919 visitors and soldiers will walk to the Recreation Ground via Commercial Road, where an afternoon of activities will begin. There will be a Union Jack parade at 1pm and children are invited to make their own and bring them along. There will also be races including running, novelty, skipping, hobby horse, and sack, a free puppet show, exhibitions, cream teas, maypole, side shows, games, entertainment, a fancy dress competition including one with bicycles, prams and pushchairs, and stalls. People are also welcome to bring picnics and there is a free afternoon tea for pensioners who have got a ticket in advance. The Baptist Church will give out a special copy of Luke's version of the story of Jesus's life to 100 children as they did on the original day.
Tug of war between the 1919 visitors and soldiers.
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The presentations will take place.
What else do you need to know?
Entries for the fancy dress competitions and the adult and children's races need to be registered with organisers before the day. Entry forms for each event, as well as the children's Peace Day visitors competition, can be collected from and then returned to: Dereham Library, Shoe Doctor, Jacks, All Crafts in Cuthbert Court and The Railway Tavern. They can also be emailed by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org and asking for the relevant forms. There are also free afternoon tea tickets for pensioners at the locations above.
Help is needed to load a van up in Scarning on Friday at 6pm and then people are needed to help unload etc at 7.30am on Saturday for about an hour and pack up 5pm on Saturday.
Peace Day visitors competition
Children have a chance to win a unique engraved Peace Day centenary cup. The children will collect an entry form and then talk to as many visitors and soldiers as they can on the day getting their entry form initiated by each one. The child with the most visitors and soldiers on their form will win the cup. If there is a draw we will give away another cup.
All the shops in the town are being encouraged to decorate their windows in red white and blue to celebrate Peace Day. Judging will be on Thursday, July 18, and the winner will receive a cup to place in their window before Peace Day.
One hundred red, white or blue gift bags will be hidden in Dereham during the week before the celebrations. Each will have a gift for the finder and some information about the event.
Photographic and video competition
People are invited to take as many pictures as they like and videos of events during the day. These will be displayed on the Dereham Carnival website and the best photograph and video will win engraved centenary cups. Runners up will receive centenary medals.
For more information or to offer help please ring Judy Rogers on 07368 394499 or email email@example.com.