Silent tribute in Cromer to mark Armistice Day

A sea of poppies lined the main street in Cromer as dozens gathered to commemorate Armistice Day in Cromer. Rev Jennie Hodgkinson lead prayers in memory of the fallen at the town’s war memorial.

As the last post played standards were lowered before a two minute silence at 11:00 GMT to remember servicemen and women killed in battle.

Traffic halted and nearby shops paused for two minutes to commemorate the moment the guns fell silent for peace at the end of World War One, on 11 November

Rev Jennie Hodgkinson lead prayers in an emotional service that rekindled memories for veterans and families attending.

The Territorial Army was formed in 1908. The 5th Territorial Battalion of the Norfolk Regiment drew its men from across the county recruiting from Cromer, with detachments at Melton Constable, Sheringham and Holt.

99-year-old veteran George Goram who served with the REME during the Second World War was present to pay his respects.

Sheringham and District RAF Association, Cromer and District Royal British Legion and Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Association were all represented.

Armistice Day is followed by Remembrance Sunday on 13 November, when dignitaries and local organisations pay their respects by marching through Cromer. Laying of wreaths takes place at Cromer War Memorial after a special church service.

King George V announced that a two-minute silence would be observed in 1919, four days before the first anniversary of Armistice Day. The silence continues to be observed every year on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.