Torrential rain on Remembrance Sunday in Cromer

Torrential rain and high winds didn’t dampen community spirit in Cromer on Remembrance Sunday. The relentless downpour continued throughout as the parade marched defiantly in the storm.

The marchers saluted dignitaries as they passed the main stand. Cromer Mayor, John Frosdick and NNDC chairman, Cllr Richard Shepherd, stood on the rostrum to greet participants.

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb joined representatives from organisations including St John Ambulance, Cromer Town Council, RNLI, local Scouts and Guides as they marched towards Cromer church.

Crowds who braved the weather created a line of umbrellas on route and the band played on.

Rev Jennie Hodgkinson delivered a wonderful service and was joined by Jon Davies, from Cromer Baptist Church, and Deacon Shirley Hassall, from Cromer Methodist Church.

Town Councillor David Pritchard was applauded when he announced that work to renovate the town’s war memorial will start on Tuesday, November 14. It has been a four year fundraising effort, Cllr Pritchard said “I’m delighted it has been successful and I’m very excited to give the people of Cromer the good news”

The re-dedication and unveiling of the renovated war memorial will take place this time next year.

Some shed a tear when The Last post echoed around the church and John Needham, chairman of the Cromer Royal British Legion branch read a verse from ‘The Fallen’ a Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

The service continued outside at the war memorial, where wreaths were laid to honour the fallen. The event concluded with the hymn, Abide with me, while crowds sang in the churchyard.

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