Remembrance Weekend


Hundreds of townsfolk, visitors and civic dignitaries were at the War Memorial in Aldeburgh on Sunday morning for the Service of Remembrance.

Wreaths were laid by Sir Michael Bunbury KCVO and Deputy Lieutenant, Cllr Jocelyn Bond, Mayor of Aldeburgh, Cllr John Digby, Deputy Mayor of Aldeburgh, Major Nick Pugh, Commanding Officer 653 Squadron, Peter Brown (Royal British Legion), Trevor Hawkins (RAFA), Mrs Vicky and Mr Chris Hunt (families of the Household Cavalry), Lord Deben, Therese Coffey MP, Cllr Nicky Yeo (Vice chair of SCDC), Cllr T.J.Haworth-Culf (SCDC), Steven Saint (Aldeburgh RNLI), Pc Charlie Lewis (Suffolk Constabulary), Mr James Ratcliffe (Aldeburgh Primary School), Tikki Mawson (Commodore, Aldeburgh Yacht Club) and representatives of HM Coastguard, the Fire Service, Aldeburgh Brownies, the Royal and Ancient Order of Buffaloes.

Fifty members of 653 Squadron, led by Commanding Officer Major Nick Pugh, were on parade, together with the Aldeburgh Lifeboat crew, Coastguards, the Fire Service and representatives of many organisations in the town.

John Richardson OBE gave the exhortation, followed by prayers led by Rev Mark Lowther of Aldeburgh Parish Church.  Bugler Nina Horrocks-Hopayian played the Last Post and maroons were fired to mark the beginning and the end of the two-minute silence. As the crowds bowed their heads in remembrance, an Apache helicopter from 653 Squadron at Wattisham flew overhead in a ceremonial flypast.

All invited guests and members of the public processed up the hill to the Parish Church, led by 653 Squadron, for the formal Service of Remembrance.

Following the service, all walked back to the Moot Hall where the Mayor, Cllr Jocelyn Bond, welcomed guests for refreshments.

 

A two-minute silence was observed at 11am on Saturday, Armistice Day, at the War Memorial on Moot Green. Prayers were said by Rev Mark Lowther, of Aldeburgh Parish Church. Maroons were fired to start and end the two-minute silence.