Remembrance Day services across the Dereham, Fakenham and Wells areas

Towns and villages across the Times will fall silent on Sunday to remember those who have given their lives in past and current conflicts.

The Dereham and District branch of the Royal British Legion will hold its annual parade and church service to mark Remembrance Day.

The procession will be led by Dereham Band and will form up in the Cherry Tree car park at 10.30am.

Those taking part, including representatives of ex-Services organisations and their standard-bearers, will march to the town war memorial, where a short service and the wreath-laying will take place.

Then the band will lead the march to St Nicholas's Church.


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David Fairweather, president of the legion branch, has urged townsfolk to do their best to support all those who are still serving, as well as veterans who have given much to their country in days gone by.

In Fakenham, people will meet at the Queen's Road car park at 2.15pm on Sunday.

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The parade will go to the town's war memorial, where there will be a service, including two-minutes silence, at 2.30pm.

This will be followed by a short service at Fakenham Parish Church, led by rector the Rev Adrian Bell.

All are then welcome at a reception at the General Townsend Club.

This will be the last time the parade is led by parade marshal Philip Walker.

John Boisson, secretary of the Fakenham branch of the Royal British Legion, said: 'Philip has done the job for many years and has been an absolute stalwart. He has done a fantastic job over the years.'

In the Wells area, there will be a service at 9.15am at Holkham Memorial and 9.30am at Holkham Parish Church.

There will also be services at Warham Parish Church at 11am, Wighton Memorial at 12pm.

There will be an assembly at Wells Memorial at 2pm with wreath-laying at 2.15pm, with a march off to St Nicholas Church at 2.30pm where a service will commence at 3pm.

Following that there will be a march to The Maltings for tea and refreshments.

Also on Sunday, Fakenham woman Di Graham is organising a fundraising party for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

We have previously reported how Mrs Graham, 71, abseiled from the roof of St Pancras Station in London back in September to raise money for the charity.

As well as being Remembrance Sunday, Sunday will be the birthday of Mrs Graham's son, Adam Seaney.

Mr Seaney, who will be 40, is a marines colour sergeant and is currently serving in Afghanistan.

Mrs Graham will be holding a party in his honour at Hempton Memorial Hall from 2.30pm until 5pm.

Admission is �5 and there will be tea and cakes, a second-hand book sale, stalls and a raffle. For more information, call Mrs Graham on 01328 851970.

Knitting enthusiasts have been busy putting their talents to good use by creating knitted or crocheted poppies in time for Remembrance Day. Dereham-based RJ Bartram & Son Funeral Services are raising money for the Royal British Legion by offering the handcrafted poppies for a donation to the charity. 'We hope people will come along and support the armed forces and their families by making a donation for one of these colourful and original poppies, expertly crafted by generous members of the local community,' said Michael Jones, from the firm.

The woollen poppies are available at RJ Bartram & Son, 17 Theatre Street, Dereham.

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