11th November 2018 Remembrance Day


It was the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month when people gathered at War Memorials across our Benefice to keep 'The Silence'.

Thousands gathered in Dereham Market Place to take part in the Ceremony, which remembered the 'fallen', who made the ultimate sacrifice for peace which, this year, celebrated 100 years since the Armistice at the end of the Great War.

Members of the Armed Forces, the Royal British Legion, Uniformed Cadets and Youth Groups paraded, with dignitaries, including the Mayor of Dereham and representatives from France. The short ceremony, including prayers, 'The Silence' and the playing of 'The Last Post' and 'Reveille', preceded a march through Dereham town centre, led by Dereham Band.

The day had begun at 6am, with a lament played by pipers at St. Nicholas Church and at the War Memorial.

The Service of Remembrance at 11.30am at St. Nicholas was attended my many who had been at the War Memorial Ceremony, and included the Armed Forces, Royal British Legion and The Uniformed Youth Groups, who all paraded their banners. The Mayor and visitors from France also attended the service, and the music was played by Dereham Band.


Canon Sally Theakston led the service, which cariied through the theme of peace, and included a great youth presence. 11 year-old Fleur Porter read the Lesson, poems were read by the Head boy and Head girl from Northgate School and a member of the Air Force.

It fell to 8 year-old Maisie Speed to ask the Congregation to commit to peace, following which Canon Sally Theakston presented her with the Royal British Legion 'Torch of Peace', as a sign that it will be the children of today that will have the responsibility to take peace into the 22nd Century.

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