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Suffolk and Essex communities fall silent to honour war heroes on Remembrance Sunday

PUBLISHED: 19:02 12 November 2017 | UPDATED: 19:45 12 November 2017

A packed Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds for the annual Remembrance Sunday service and wreath laying.

Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

A packed Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds for the annual Remembrance Sunday service and wreath laying. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

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Thousands of people in Suffolk and Essex paid their respects over the weekend to the brave men and women who have paid the ultimate price in defence of our freedom.

A packed Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds for the annual Remembrance Sunday service and wreath laying.

Picture: ANDY ABBOTTA packed Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds for the annual Remembrance Sunday service and wreath laying. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

In Bury St Edmunds, a remembrance parade and wreath-laying service took place at the War Memorial in Angel Hill. Nicola Urquhart, mother of missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie McKeague, wrote on Facebook: “Seeing the military...fills me with pride yet breaks my heart at the same time. We were able to share this day with Corries daughter which made it very special. Bury St Edmunds is such a beautiful town, with a wonderful community. It feels like home.”

A packed Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds for the annual Remembrance Sunday service and wreath laying.

Picture: ANDY ABBOTTA packed Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds for the annual Remembrance Sunday service and wreath laying. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Kelsale Methodist Church in Saxmundham was packed after a parade, as those gathered watched the poignant laying of the wreath ceremony and sang hymns, the Last Post, and God Save the Queen. Maddie Gallop, town clerk at Saxmundham Town Council, said: “It was an absolutely excellent service. It is so important to realise that people in the past and still today have given up, and continue to give up, their lives so that we can be free.”

A packed Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds for the annual Remembrance Sunday service and wreath laying.

Picture: ANDY ABBOTTA packed Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds for the annual Remembrance Sunday service and wreath laying. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

At Sudbury, a parade was led by the Colchester Pipes and Drums from Market Hill to St Gregory’s Church. Wreaths were laid at British and American memorials.

A packed Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds for the annual Remembrance Sunday service and wreath laying.

Picture: ANDY ABBOTTA packed Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds for the annual Remembrance Sunday service and wreath laying. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Maroons were fired to start and end a two-minute silence at the War Memorial in Aldeburgh on Armistice Day. A large crowd gathered at Moot Hall for the Service of Remembrance today.

NB 017 Kelsale Methodist Church, Saxmundham Remembrance Day.Phiillip Dunnett, Chairman of Saxmundham Town Council, with Bernard Everitt, Chairman of Saxmundham Royal British Legion.Picture:NIGE BROWN.NB 017 Kelsale Methodist Church, Saxmundham Remembrance Day.Phiillip Dunnett, Chairman of Saxmundham Town Council, with Bernard Everitt, Chairman of Saxmundham Royal British Legion.Picture:NIGE BROWN.

More than 4,000 people packed out Clacton’s Memorial Gardens. Mark Platt, chairman of Tendring District Council, said: “It was a truly amazing turnout which was the equal of last year’s record attendance.”

NB 017 Kelsale Methodist Church, Saxmundham Remembrance Day.Picture:NIGE BROWN.NB 017 Kelsale Methodist Church, Saxmundham Remembrance Day.Picture:NIGE BROWN.

In Colchester, a private ceremony was held at Merville Barracks’ Memorial Garden for the families of 16 Air Assault Brigade soldiers killed on operations. A traditional remembrance service was held at the town’s War Memorial, along with a parade.

NB 017 Kelsale Methodist Church, Saxmundham Remembrance Day.Picture:NIGE BROWN.NB 017 Kelsale Methodist Church, Saxmundham Remembrance Day.Picture:NIGE BROWN.

The Reverend David Barrett, 16 Air Assault Brigade’s senior chaplain, said: “Together we recall the countless men and women who have given their lives for others in the cause of justice, freedom and peace.

NB 017 Kelsale Methodist Church, Saxmundham Remembrance Day.Band of the Royal British Legion Leiston.Picture:NIGE BROWN.NB 017 Kelsale Methodist Church, Saxmundham Remembrance Day.Band of the Royal British Legion Leiston.Picture:NIGE BROWN.

“We honour each one, not only those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the First and Second World Wars but in the many conflicts and military operations that have taken place since.”

The Sudbury Remembrance Sunday parade leaves the Market Hill.

Picture:ANDY ABBOTTThe Sudbury Remembrance Sunday parade leaves the Market Hill. Picture:ANDY ABBOTT

The Sudbury Remembrance Sunday parade leaves the Market Hill.

Picture:ANDY ABBOTTThe Sudbury Remembrance Sunday parade leaves the Market Hill. Picture:ANDY ABBOTT

The Sudbury Remembrance Sunday parade leaves the Market Hill.

Picture:ANDY ABBOTTThe Sudbury Remembrance Sunday parade leaves the Market Hill. Picture:ANDY ABBOTT

The Sudbury Remembrance Sunday parade leaves the Market Hill.

Picture:ANDY ABBOTTThe Sudbury Remembrance Sunday parade leaves the Market Hill. Picture:ANDY ABBOTT

Paratroopers stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Colchester to mark Remembrance Sunday. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYLParatroopers stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Colchester to mark Remembrance Sunday. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYL

Paratroopers stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Colchester to mark Remembrance Sunday. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYLParatroopers stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Colchester to mark Remembrance Sunday. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYL

Paratroopers stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Colchester to mark Remembrance Sunday. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYLParatroopers stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Colchester to mark Remembrance Sunday. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYL

Charles Mayhem, a 99-year-old Second World War veteran is helped forward to lay a wreath. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYLCharles Mayhem, a 99-year-old Second World War veteran is helped forward to lay a wreath. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYL

Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Caldwell, Commander of Colchester Garrison, salutes after laying a wreath. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYLLieutenant Colonel Stephen Caldwell, Commander of Colchester Garrison, salutes after laying a wreath. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYL

Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Caldwell, Commander of Colchester Garrison, lays a wreath. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYLLieutenant Colonel Stephen Caldwell, Commander of Colchester Garrison, lays a wreath. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYL

Brigadier Nick Perry DSO MBE, Commander of 16 Air Assault Brigade, salutes after laying a wreath. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYLBrigadier Nick Perry DSO MBE, Commander of 16 Air Assault Brigade, salutes after laying a wreath. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYL

A bugler from The Band of The Parachute Regiment plays the Last Post. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYLA bugler from The Band of The Parachute Regiment plays the Last Post. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYL

Colchester Garrison GSM WO1 Billy Biggar salutes, from left, Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Caldwell, Commander of Colchester Garrison; Brigadier Nick Perry DSO MBE, Commander of 16 Air Assault Brigade; Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex Nicholas Charrington; and Cllr Gerard Oxford, Mayor of Colchester.

 Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYLColchester Garrison GSM WO1 Billy Biggar salutes, from left, Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Caldwell, Commander of Colchester Garrison; Brigadier Nick Perry DSO MBE, Commander of 16 Air Assault Brigade; Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex Nicholas Charrington; and Cllr Gerard Oxford, Mayor of Colchester. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYL

From left, Cllr Gerard Oxford, Mayor of Colchester; Nicholas Charrington, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex; and Brigadier Nick Perry DSO MBE, Commander of 16 Air Assault Brigade take the salute. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYLFrom left, Cllr Gerard Oxford, Mayor of Colchester; Nicholas Charrington, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex; and Brigadier Nick Perry DSO MBE, Commander of 16 Air Assault Brigade take the salute. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYL

Paratroopers stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Colchester to mark Remembrance Sunday. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYLParatroopers stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Colchester to mark Remembrance Sunday. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYL

Colchester falls silent for the Remembrance Sunday service. 
 Picture: Sgt Jonathan Lee van Zyl UK Ministry of DefenceColchester falls silent for the Remembrance Sunday service. Picture: Sgt Jonathan Lee van Zyl UK Ministry of Defence

Chairman of Tendring DIstrict Council, Mark Platt, says a few words at the Remembrance Day service. Picture: NIGEL BROWNChairman of Tendring DIstrict Council, Mark Platt, says a few words at the Remembrance Day service. Picture: NIGEL BROWN

Wreaths were laid at Clacton's War Memorial as part of the Remembrance Day service . Picture: NIGEL BROWNWreaths were laid at Clacton's War Memorial as part of the Remembrance Day service . Picture: NIGEL BROWN

Thousands paid their respects at Clacton's War Memorial on Sunday. Picture: NIGEL BROWNThousands paid their respects at Clacton's War Memorial on Sunday. Picture: NIGEL BROWN

Clacton Girls Brigade march through the town. Picture: NIGEL BROWNClacton Girls Brigade march through the town. Picture: NIGEL BROWN

Thousands visited Clacton's Memorial Gardens for the Remembrance service on Sunday. Picture: NIGEL BROWNThousands visited Clacton's Memorial Gardens for the Remembrance service on Sunday. Picture: NIGEL BROWN

A youngster lays a wreath at Clacton's War Memorial. Picture: NIGEL BROWNA youngster lays a wreath at Clacton's War Memorial. Picture: NIGEL BROWN

Members of the Salvation Army. Picture: NIGEL BROWNMembers of the Salvation Army. Picture: NIGEL BROWN

Colchester Scout Band. Picture: NIGEL BROWNColchester Scout Band. Picture: NIGEL BROWN

Clacton Royal British Legion Chairman Dan Casey lays a wreath. Picture: NIGEL BROWNClacton Royal British Legion Chairman Dan Casey lays a wreath. Picture: NIGEL BROWN

Albert Scott at the Clacton Remembrance Day service. Picture: NIGEL BROWNAlbert Scott at the Clacton Remembrance Day service. Picture: NIGEL BROWN

Soldiers from 3 Parachute Regimen pay their respects in Clacton. Picture: NIGEL BROWNSoldiers from 3 Parachute Regimen pay their respects in Clacton. Picture: NIGEL BROWN

Paratroopers stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Colchester to mark Remembrance Sunday. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYLParatroopers stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Colchester to mark Remembrance Sunday. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYL

The Band of The Parachute Regiment lead the parade along the High Street. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYLThe Band of The Parachute Regiment lead the parade along the High Street. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYL

Mayor of Colchester Cllr Gerard Oxford (front) and, back from left, Rt Rev Roger Morris, Bishop of Colchester; Brigadier Nick Perry DSO MBE, Commander of 16 Air Assault Brigade; and Nicholas Charrington, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYLMayor of Colchester Cllr Gerard Oxford (front) and, back from left, Rt Rev Roger Morris, Bishop of Colchester; Brigadier Nick Perry DSO MBE, Commander of 16 Air Assault Brigade; and Nicholas Charrington, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYL

Colchester Garrison Sergeant Major WO1 Billy Biggar shouts an order to the parade. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYLColchester Garrison Sergeant Major WO1 Billy Biggar shouts an order to the parade. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYL

Colchester Garrison GSM WO1 Billy Biggar salute Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex Nicholas Charrington.

 Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYLColchester Garrison GSM WO1 Billy Biggar salute Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex Nicholas Charrington. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYL

Paratroopers stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Colchester to mark Remembrance Sunday. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYLParatroopers stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Colchester to mark Remembrance Sunday. Picture: SGT JONATHAN LEE VAN ZYL

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