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Remembrance services

PUBLISHED: 13:49 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 14:48 07 July 2010

Thousands of people will be gathering across the county this week to remember those who died in battle.

Tuesday marks the 90th anniversary of Armistice Day, the symbolic end of the First World War on November 11 1918, and on Remembrance Sunday there are a number of parades and services throughout the area commemorating those who gave their lives for their country.

Thousands of people will be gathering across the county this week to remember those who died in battle.

Tuesday marks the 90th anniversary of Armistice Day, the symbolic end of the First World War on November 11 1918, and on Remembrance Sunday there are a number of parades and services throughout the area commemorating those who gave their lives for their country. There are also other events throughout the week.

The Dereham and District Branch of the Royal British Legion will be holding its annual parade and wreath laying service in the town on Sunday.

The parade will form at the Cherry Tree Car Park at 10.40am and then march to the war memorial for the laying of the poppy wreaths at 10.45am.

After observing two minutes silence the parade will continue to St Nicholas Church for the Service of Remembrance.

Two minutes silence will also be observed at Dereham's war memorial at 11am on Tuesday.

In Swanton Morley a solemn church bell toll normally only used for funerals or for the death of a statesman is to be used to mark Remembrance Sunday. The half muffle bell ringing gives a normal ring followed by a muffled ring, sounding like an echo, as one half of the clapper inside the bell is covered by a leather strap. It will be sounded at 11am at All Saints' Church in Swanton Morley.

In Fakenham there is a Festival of Remembrance at Fakenham High School tomorrow organised by the Fakenham and District Royal British Legion.

The event starts at 7.30pm and entertainment will include music from Fakenham Town Band and 1940s-style singers Timescape before a special service. Tickets cost £6. To book call 01328 851661 and 01362 821192.

A Remembrance Sunday parade in Fakenham will meet up at Queen's Road Car Park at 2.15pm and march to the war memorial for a service there at 2.30pm followed by a service at the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul.

There will also be two minutes silence at the town's war memorial at 11am on Tuesday.

In Foulsham on Sunday there is a 1940s family tea dance at New Frost Hall with all proceeds going to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

The event is from 3pm until 6pm. Tickets cost £6 (£5 for children and concessions). To book call 01362 683680 or 01362 683693.

Reepham High School will also be holding a Remembrance Service on Tuesday which will also involve pupils and the headteacher from the school's German partner school in Leer, Ostfriesland.

In Wells there will be a Remembrance Assembly at Alderman Peel High School on Friday, and on Saturday there will be a Poppy Appeal craft fair at The Maltings from 10am to 4pm.

Wreaths will be laid at Well's war memorial at 2pm on Sunday followed by a parade to St Nicholas Church where there will be a service at 3pm.

On Tuesday at 11am there will also be two minutes silence and a reading at the town's war memorial.

On Sunday the Wells and District Branch of the Royal British Legion will also be at Holkam's war memorial at 9.30am followed by a service at 9.45am at St Withburga Church.

The branch will then go to a church service in Warham for 11am followed by wreath-laying at Wighton at noon and later a Remembrance Service in Stiffkey ay 6.30pm.

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