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Wymondham, Hingham and Attleborough remember the First World War at centenary events

PUBLISHED: 14:13 05 August 2014 | UPDATED: 17:22 05 August 2014

Hingham History Society launched a special exhibition and book detailing the town's connection to the war on the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Picture: David Ryland

Hingham History Society launched a special exhibition and book detailing the town's connection to the war on the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Picture: David Ryland

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One hundred years to the day since Great Britain entered the First World War, communities in south Norfolk gathered to remember the men who lost their lives.

Hingham History Society launched a special exhibition and book detailing the town's connection to the war on the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Picture: David RylandHingham History Society launched a special exhibition and book detailing the town's connection to the war on the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Picture: David Ryland

Cadets in Wymondham led a poignant community event to reflect on the sacrifices on the centenary of outbreak of the Great War.

More than 200 people attended the ceremony of reflection last night, which was organised by the Royal British Legion and the Womens Section.

Crowds were invited to light a candle in the Methodist Church to remember those who lost their lives, before gathering at the war memorial for the ceremony.

While cadets read out the 142 names on the memorial, flowers and candles were laid down next to them.

A ceremony of reflection held at the Wymondham war memorial. Picture: Brian LambertA ceremony of reflection held at the Wymondham war memorial. Picture: Brian Lambert

Sandy Dean, chairman of the Womens Section, said: “It was a very moving event. There were a lot of young people there which was a surprise, it was lovely.

“We only started planning for this two weeks ago so I think considering the time we had we did the best we could. It was a lovely event.”

More than 150 people also gathered in Hingham for the launch of an exhibition and Hingham in the Great War, a book compiled by the town’s history centre.

The book, which will be sold for £7.50, details the story of the 293 men connected with the town who fought in the war.

Town mayor Karen Pettitt and staff and students from Attleborough Academy Norfolk unveiling their memorial. Photo: Carmina McConnellTown mayor Karen Pettitt and staff and students from Attleborough Academy Norfolk unveiling their memorial. Photo: Carmina McConnell

Sixty-four Commonwealth War Graves Certificates were also laid out on the pews, allowing people to relate to the scale of the loss of life.

Carol Harris, chair, said: “I was overwhelmed by the numbers of people, some had travelled from London, Surrey, Buckinghamshire and Nottingham because a relative is honoured here.

“I would like to thank all those who worked so hard to make the evening such a success, as well as South Norfolk Council for the grant towards the exhibition.”

Hingham church will also be floodlit to mark the centenary of the death of each of the fallen men. The first will be on September 22.

A short prayer was followed by a moment of quiet reflection, before guests had a chance to visit a display of World War One artefacts.

In Attleborough, a war memorial made by students at Attleborough Academy Norfolk was officially launched by town mayor Karen Pettitt.

The large poppy is made out of 500 pebbles, with the name of a soldier painstakingly written on each one - with those who didn’t return in black, those who did in red and the women involved with the war in pink.

Mrs Pettitt said: “It was nice to see that people still want to show their gratitude and honour the people of the town for their roles in the past.”

Did you attend any of the commemoration events? Tweet reporter Lauren Cope on @EDP24

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