Time to remember the fallen
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Medals will be polished, standards unfurled and poppies worn with pride as the district comes together over the next few days to remember those who died serving their country.
Veterans, dignitaries and representatives of local organsations will march through towns and lay wreaths at their war memorials on Sunday for remembrance events that will be more poignant than ever, being the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
In Mattishall the oldest resident is set to unveil a new war memorial.
Ida Parkin was born just before the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. One hundred years later, she hopes to unveil Mattishall's new war memorial at the village's Remembrance Day service.
The parish council decided to build the war memorial after numerous villagers asked why Mattishall did not have one. Bricks and chimneys were saved during the demolition of the old Victorian school for the project.
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About half of the £8,000 cost has come from grants and donations from villagers, the remainder will be paid by the parish council.
The formal unveiling ceremony will take place at 10.30am on Sunday on the village green. This will be followed by a dedication, a two-minute silence and the laying of wreaths by a number of village organisations.
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There will then be a service at All Saints Church followed by refreshments. All welcome.
Dereham dignitaries will be joined by the mayor of its French twin town Caudebec-lès-Elbeuf in honour of the centenary of the First World War. Noel Caru will lay a wreath at the town's war memorial during the service of remembrance on Sunday which starts at 10.55am after a parade led by Dereham Town Band with standard bearers and veterans.
Following the wreath laying from around 20 different local organisations there will be a service at St Nicholas Church from 11.15am.
Traffic will also be stopped around the war memorial roundabout at 11am on Tuesday, November 11 as veterans gather for a short silence to remember the sacrifices made in the world wars.
Soldiers from the Light Dragoons are expected to represent their regiment at the remembrance service at All Saints Church in Swanton Morley at 10.45am on Sunday. It is likely to be the last time the regiment will be able to attend the village remembrance service as they are due to leave the Robertson Barracks and move to Catterick next year. They will be replaced by 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, who are returning from Germany.
The bells of All Saints will ring half muffled before the service and after the laying of the wreaths.
A First World War centenary Festival of Remembrance will be held in Fakenham Parish Church tomorrow evening starting at 7.30pm.
The service will be conducted by Rev Canon Patrick Foreman and will feature Fakenham Town Band, Piper Richard Dawson, standard bearers of the RBL, and a charity auction with compere Glynis Kester-Page.
Tickets cost £7 each from Fakenham Heel Bar, NewsKlip, the General Townshend Club, 01328 821192.
On Sunday, November 9 the Remembrance Parade meets at the Queens road car park at 2.15pm.
Those who wish to watch the ceremony are requested to be at the War Memorial by 2.30pm.
The Act of Remembrance and wreath laying ceremony will take place after the parade has arrived at the War Memorial which will be directly followed by the United Town Service in the Parish Church.
Members of Wells and District Royal British Legion start their laying of wreaths at Holkham memorial at 9.15am ahead of a service in the church at 9.30am.
They will then be at Warham parish church at 11am and Wighton war memorial at 12pm.
They will assemble with other dignitaries and representatives of local organisations at Wells memorial at 2pm for a wreath laying at 2.15pm. They will then parade up Staithe Street to the Congregational Church for a service at 3pm.