Lest we forget: Sudbury and surrounding area’s Remembrance events

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A sea of poppies, wreaths and bowed heads marked Remembrance Sunday across Sudbury and the surrounding area.

Parades to remember servicemen and women who sacrificed everything in conflict were held with veterans, current armed forces troops, schoolchildren and many more paying their respects.

The programme of commemorative events started on Friday at Long Melford Primary School, with pupils observing a service and silence before residents from the village told children about their experiences of the Second World War.

Sudbury’s parade on Sunday created a unique moment of history, as brothers Michael and Andrew Grimwood are believed to be the first family members to be mace bearers for the mayor at the same time.

Andrew, 47, from Long Melford, and Michael, 44, from Colchester, were chosen as Freemen of Sudbury to accompany mayor Jack Owen.

A new memorial garden at Long Melford Royal British Legion Social Club was unveiled and dedicated by the Rev Ian Friars, rector of Long Melford Holy Trinity Church.

Wreaths were laid by Colonel Benza, from RAF Lakenheath, and a representative from Wattisham Airfield on behalf of all UK armed forces, accompanied by two village primary school children.

Funeral directors Hunnaball of Sudbury donated the memorial stone as the centrepiece.

See Thursday’s Free Press for a special feature on Remembrance Sunday parades from across the area.